Balancing Grace and Truth

Grace and truth. These are terms we throw around a lot, but do we really know what they mean to us each day? Do we understand that our lives need to speak of both, not just one? Do we get the concept that God needs to balance the way in which we live out our lives with our desire to share the truth?

Grace is such a dynamic, rich word with a complexity of meaning. It is the means by which we were saved. It is the strength by which God preserves and guides us in this walk with Him. And it’s the way in which our life is lived in the reflection of that highest and most precious saving grace.

I once heard this metaphor from a pastor about this. He said, we are like birds who need two wings to fly. We need grace…and truth…and if one of our wings is weighted down on one side more than the other, it gets really hard to fly. Continue reading

Refresh Friday

You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm. 

– Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Letter, March 9, 1843

Today I take a break from regular posting and encourage you that when you “feel” far away from Christ is the very time He is closest to you. I pray that you would know His presence in a very real way today.

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Sharing Christ’s Sufferings

(Part 3 of a series on God’s comfort in affliction)

Find the whole series here.

Part 1: God’s Mercy and Comfort
Part 2: The Who and Why of Comfort

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

2 Corinthians 3:5

What does it mean to “share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings”? And how does this relate to comfort?

I have struggled for the last several days to grasp this weighty concept. In spite of this effort, I am not sure how near I am to understanding it yet. So I’m going to offer some thoughts on this and not try to tie it all up neatly with a bow.

Christ’s sufferings encompass the physical, mental, and spiritual. In light of Paul’s verse, I thought it would be useful to briefly list some of the various sufferings of Christ as I observed them in scripture: Continue reading