I posted this a couple of months ago and would like to bring it forward once more… enjoy
I have been enjoying talking about our GMM 2014 Men’s Conference theme this year “Radical Truth and Grace”. https://godsmightymen.com/ — So several of the guys have come up with meaning for each of the (Radical – Truth – Grace) and I would like to share some of their insight…
Radical: It literally means to get back to the origin or root. It also means setting a foundation or going against the norm. (Obviously the root we’re trying to get back to is Jesus)
- Of or going to the root of origin: fundamental
- Thorough going or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms
- Favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms
- Forming a basis or foundation
- Existing inherently in a thing or person
Truth: When Christ came to Earth He did and said things against the norm. He set a foundation of Truth for the Church. He declared himself as the root of Salvation.
- The true or actual state of a matter
- Conformity with fact or reality: verity
- A verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like
- The state or character of being true
- Actuality or actual existence.
Grace: The radical part of grace is so many Christians expect God to grant them grace while they then to Not give grace to others. Grace doesn’t say what we are doing is Okay. God’s grace says He will still love us DESPITE our sin and/or shortcomings and so we should demonstrate the same to others.
- Favor or goodwill
- A manifestation of favor, especially by a superior
- Mercy: clemency: pardon
- Elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.
- A Pleasing or attractive quality or endowment.
The above is something to ponder on and see what you can come up with as how it pertains to you and how do you live it…
The best example I like to use is this story:
6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]
It is the last part that I look at and see Radical Truth and Grace – Jesus did not condemn her – but at the same time he told her to go and sin no more… Can we do the same???????
As you look at your week — look at doing the same – Truth normally comes easy for us to tell people what they should be doing – but the Giving Grace can be a bit harder…