Christlikeness: Balance of Grace and Truth

Jesus came full of both grace and truth ... 100% grace, 100% truth, at the same time.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn. 1:14)

Christ-like Leaders Exemplify a Balance of Both Grace and Truth

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. When we gravitate one way or the other, we fail to exemplify the fullness of Christ to those we lead.

Order the Steering the Church Toward Christ-like Character Leadership Guide for a look at what happens when we go heavier toward either grace or truth rather than a Christ-like balance which involves BOTH grace and truth. This resource also looks at how this aspect of Christlikeness shows itself in some of the different leadership tasks and responsibilities.

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