“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
As a babe, born in a manger . . . as a man, crucified on the cross . . . as a Savior, risen from the dead . . . fully God . . . fully man . . . “full of grace and truth”. . .
Grace and Truth . . . two words . . . two concepts which are not mutually exclusive. Yet they often are treated, by Christians, followers of Christ, by me, as if they are.
The end of the year isn’t my favorite. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can feel like kind of a let down. Anticlimactic if you will. And in that, I’ve never been one to make resolutions or big, lofty, or even un-lofty, goals at the start of the New Year. But last year I asked God to place on my heart a scripture for the year, and the verse He gave me comes from Psalm 19.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Because I’m still very much a work in progress, I will be carrying this scripture into a new year, a new decade. But this morning, as I often do, I opened my Bible app to read the scripture of the day, and I skimmed down to read those words in John 1:14. I’ve probably read them a thousand times over. And, as it should be, my focus has always been on the first parts of the scripture . . . the Word becoming flesh . . . the glory of the only Begotten coming to live among us. But He didn’t just come to live among us. He came “full of grace and truth”. Those words, grace and truth, are not just an afterthought tacked onto the end. They are a description of exactly Who our Savior is. Fully God . . . fully man . . . “full of grace and truth”.
So as we look forward to a new year and a fresh decade, I pray that through the power and grace of God, the words I say, the thoughts I think, will be full of both grace and truth. To speak the truth with boldness but not bitterness. To speak the truth with grace and not condemnation. To speak the TRUTH that changes lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. To think on, dwell on, meditate on those things which are pure and right and holy. Those are my goals for 2020.
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