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Over the past nine weeks we have looked at nine of the many facetime encounters Jesus had with people while He walked on this earth. By way of review, glance through the list below:
Week One – Jesus explaining being ‘born again’ to Nicodemus the Pharisee
Week Two – Jesus changing the life of a Samaritan woman at the well
Week Three – Jesus extending healing to the son of a Gentile woman
Week Four – Jesus calling Matthew the tax collector to follow Him
Week Five – Jesus extending forgiveness to a sinful woman
Week Six – Jesus offering healing to a man who had been an invalid for 38 years
Week Seven – Jesus visiting Mary and Martha’s home
Week Eight – Jesus challenging the priorities of the rich young ruler
Week Nine – Jesus offering grace and truth to the adulterous woman
In each of these facetime encounters, we have seen Jesus’ loving approach of grace and truth. If you’re honest with yourself, perhaps the “limitation” of not being in the physical presence of Jesus today has led you to think something like this: “Yea but that was then! We don’t have the opportunity to experience what these individuals experienced.” The truth is that we have an advantage over the individuals we have been studying the last nine weeks. In some cases, they had a onetime encounter with Jesus, and then it was over. Done.
But when Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit—the Comforter, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth—to indwell those of us who are His disciples. So, as we wrestle with the tension of grace and truth, we have the unbelievable benefit of the Holy Spirit extending His grace and truth to us every minute of every day. In turn, we have the ability through the Holy Spirit to extend grace and truth in all of our relationships.
A key way to apply grace and truth to your relationships is prayer. Pray before you approach the person. Pray while you are confronting the person. And pray concerning their response to you. That may seem simplistic, but in a profound way prayer absolutely redirects your heart and changes your perspective. If you genuinely want to embody both grace and truth in all of your relationships, the Holy Spirit will be faithful to help you as you seek Him. Throughout your day, pray and meditate on some of the following Scriptures to help direct your heart to both grace and truth.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:6
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:5
“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
“O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;” Psalm 15:1–2