Devotional John 1:14
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
December 29, 2012
(John 1:14) 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.
The Bible is clear that it is God’s desire to make us like His Son, Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). It stands to reason, then, that my desire should be to be more like Jesus (Philippians 2:5; Matthew 10:25; Romans 8:29). How often that is our very prayer: “Father, make me more like Your Son!”
In my own transformation process, I’m not sure there is any area that gives me more difficulty than the concept contained in the verse above. I’m to be like Jesus, who is full of both grace and truth. What a balance is contained therein! When I take an honest look at myself, I realize that I tend to gravitate to one or the other. Sometimes I’m all grace and forgiveness (some of you are snickering right now…stop it! Really, sometimes I am!). Other times I’m focused more on truth, and if the truth offends someone, well, let the chips fall where they may! Balance is often woefully lacking. But that should be our goal – balancing truth with love, that I might be more Christlike.
Paul picks up on this idea in Ephesians 4:15 when he basically says that we are maturing as we grow in “speaking the truth in love”. But it’s just plain difficult to achieve. When we finally think we have done well, and we have a situation where we have spoken truth with a loving attitude, we often find ourselves attacked. The world condemns us because we call sin out as sin, and religious folks condemn us for being soft on sin!
Take heart, believer! We aim not to please the sinful world, but our God. We aim not to please the sinful religious folks, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May His Spirit continue His work in His people, and fill us with strong hearts of courage to speak truth…and broken hearts of compassion for those to whom we speak it.