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truth without grace - grace without truth...

Grace and Truth were once united perfectly...in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. It was disrupted. All of it. Perfect unity...with one decision, perfect confusion with another. The world would no longer know the perfect unity, until Jesus entered the scene and made a way for reconciliation. Why is it that so many people and so many churches recognize Truth (the law) but don't give equal measure to grace...or why is it that Grace is given, but the Truth is pushed to the side like leftovers? One cannot be without the other and we must not let ourselves live that way. When you have truth without grace you know what's right and wrong, but don't experience grace to be able to bring life again when you fall. Truth without grace brings resentment, anger, confusion, and a relationship with God and others that is strictly legalistic. Paul warned us of those devastating effects... "Law brings wrath." Romans 4:15 "Once I was alive aprt from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I gound that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death." (7:9-10) "We were held prisoners by the law." Galatians 3:23 "You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace." Galatians 5:4 All this to say, truth is necessary, because Grace Without Truth brings disorder...loving people are directionless. "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature." Galatians 5:13 "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" Romans 6:15-16 "When someone offers grace but also offers truth (truth about who we are, truth about who he or she is, and truth about the world around us), we respond with our true self, then real intimacy is possible". - Dr. Henry Cloud Changes That Heal.

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