GRACE and TRUTH SHINE in our COUNTENANCE

As I was surfing through the Bible getting an understanding of what grace meant through its pages, I came across the fact that Grace and Truth (wisdom from God) walk hand-in-hand. Without truth, there would be no grace; where we have grace, truth is upholding it.

Grace is used all through the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments. In Psalm 84:11 David expresses “…The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (compare Esther 2:17). This word means kindness, pleasantness, or favor. (compare Genesis 6:8)

Solomon, also, voices in Proverbs 1:8-9, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck” (compare Proverbs 3:22). This wisdom of God will bring outward beauty to the one who seeks her so that others would be seeing her pleasantness in their countenance as well as from their inner being. Proverbs 2 declares the value of wisdom (truth) in one’s life.

The most widely used word for grace in the New Testament means “the divine influence on the heart and its reflection in the life. When our heart is full of God’s Word (truth), it will be viewed by all around us. Our countenance will express what is in our heart. (Matthew 12:34b)

In John 1:14, 16-17, we find the purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth. He came to show us the Father and what He is like. “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…And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace (super-abundant grace). For the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” As we can see here, grace and truth walk together.

Truth is the heart-beat of all Christianity! Without truth, we would have nothing. A half-truth is a lie.

Truth (God’s Word) is the root of grace. Without God, there would not be any grace. The only truth in this universe is God and His written Word that He shares with us (the Bible). That is why we must fill our mind, heart, and inner being with the Word of God in advance in order for the Spirit of God to flow that grace through us. The Word of God cleanses us from any sin to prepare us to receive His grace (John 15:3). In fact, truth is the root of all graces—grace, mercy, love, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, joy, goodness, kindness, etc.

As I was growing up, my grandmother had a friend named Gracie Butler. I used to go with my grandmother to visit her. She was very sweet and kind. As I grew toward adulthood, I was highly impressed with her. She led my Dad to know the Lord, taught Sunday school, gave her wisdom to anybody who would ask, and she made me want to know God’s Word by her life.

In fact, she influenced my life so much that after being in her presence, I spoke words that were not from myself, but from God. Those very words changed my life completely. This story is called “A Preparation for Life” in my book, My Precious Shepherd. The grace in her brought truth to my life.

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