Truth vs. Grace
We put a lot of focus on community at Cross Point. We encourage people to pursue and nurture connectedness… to build into others and allow those people to build into you. But we all know relationships aren’t easy and some aren’t natural. However relationships are worth the investment, studies show the one thing that distinguishes consistently happy people from unhappy people are rich, deep, life-giving relationships.
Healthy relationships require a balance of truth and grace. You won’t live in transformational community until you make truth a part of your conversations and language. Authentic relationships require us to extend and expect grace.
When I look at the majority of my friendships I realize I lean heavily toward grace and avoid truth. Truth can cause conflict and I like to keep everyone happy!
But when I evaluate how I parent I tend to sway toward truth without extending enough grace!
And unfortunately, even recently I treated a Toys R Us cashier with a huge dose of truth when all she deserved was some grace
I’m working on my balance. Praying that as God grows me he grows my ability to maintain a healthier balance between truth and grace. To have the ability to say the hard things with love and a healthy motive. To realize that my kids are kids… and sometimes I expect them to function more like adults.
How’s your truth and grace balance in relationships? How’s your truth and grace balance as you lead? Do you lean more toward truth or hover closer to grace?
Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17b