Grace & Truth
John 1:14 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.
This verse stays on my mind and heart, so I share a little about it. The last two years I've heard a lot about the Glory or beauty of God coming to our nation. The 'Glory', meaning we'll begin to experience a greater level of God's presence, love, peace, and joy; we'll begin to encounter more of His presence daily. We all want to experience irrefutable evidence that gives us hope that we are not alone in this journey, and everything will end well for us. This scripture gives us a screenshot of Gods's Glory. I begin to study and we see the glory revealed in scripture in so many beautiful, reformative ways. Many pray daily for that beauty to come into our cities, states, and nations; to demonstrate greater unity, love, joy, peace, prosperity, advancement, and bountifulness, and truly embrace societal reform and transformation.
This scripture say Jesus, the Word that became flesh, was full of Glory; but it goes on to describe what that means: grace and truth. Wow! That amazed me because He is the example we often follow, we're often striving to be more like Him. I don't always measure up, but I to respond in ways that demonstrate His character. This verse gives me a two step map for obtaining an overflowing deposit of God's beauty, and it inspires me to pursue that. Why? When I hear grace and truth, I feel capable of producing the beauty of God. When men are full of Glory, communities are of full of Glory, and the beauty of being made in His image is seen in daily encounters with family, friends, and even strangers!
First, grace. Often described as unmerited favor, but there's another definition I want share; Grace is when a superior one stoops over in favor of an inferior one. Simply put, when the strong give a hand up to the weak we demonstrate God's beauty. Next, truth. Truth being just that: accurate, authentic, integral information. Truth doesn't always feels good but God never gives truth without giving a hand up. My prayer for us all today is that we speak as honest and integral as we can, and give a hand up every time the opportunity presents itself. As a result; we, too, will be full of grace and truth; impacting current and future generations with the change we produce today. Let us have eyes for one another and demonstrate what God's Glory and beauty really looks like. Shalom.