Christ-likeness: Balance

Jesus came full of both grace and truth ... 100% grace, 100% truth, at the same time. To be a Christ-like example, leaders must demonstrate BOTH grace and truth in how they speak, how they deal with conflict, how they confront sin, and in all their leadership practices. Grace AND Truth must be evidenced not only in words but also in attitudes and actions (Eph. 4:15; Gal. 6:1-5).
 
Being full of both grace and truth was the essence of who Jesus was, not a balancing act between the two like we so often make it. Unfortunately, in doing that, we tend to go heavier on one of these qualities over the other.
 
Heavier on Grace ...
 
must accept everyone and keep everyone happy
Hence, you tend to compromise. Standards keep moving. You feel like the more inclusive you are, the more you will attract people.
 
But, this approach doesn't usually work as it turns into a watered-down Christianity devoid of the truth.
Remember: Truth is what sets people free. (Jn. 8:32)
Heavier on Truth ...
 
must bring people in line with God's standard of holiness at all costs
Hence, you tend to become critical or judgmental. You feel like the more you preach repentance, the more you will help people see the error of their ways.
 
But, this approach doesn't usually work as it turns people off more than motivating them.
Remember: The same grace that saved people is what teaches them to say no to ungodliness. (Titus 2:11-12)
When we gravitate one way or the other, we fail to exemplify the fullness of Christ to those we lead.
 
 
To Do:
Take some time to examine your leadership practices. Ask yourself the following questions and then ask God to change you.
  • In what situations do I tend to be heavier on grace than truth? How can I be full of both in these situations?
  • In what situations do I tend to be heavier on truth than grace? How can I be full of both in these situations?

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