WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
““No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
Standing Firm & Loving Well
As believers, often we mean well but we don’t love well.
Truth without grace is mean, while grace without truth is meaningless.
WHY… Why do people cling so tightly to personal truth instead of embracing God’s truth?
The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is, it’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.
We tend to see things through the lens of personal truth and often we are not only wrong, but completely unaware we are wrong.
Far too often the truth that one perceives is subjective and can be wrong. (Subjective = based on our feelings.)
“They have said no to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it and let it save them, so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 TLB
What you see as reality is filtered through perceptions and biases; and it comes out the other side distorted but believed to be truth.
“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NLT
Often, the tension between standing firm and loving well paralyzes us.
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”” John 8:7-11 NLT
Living out a balanced approach of grace and truth isn’t easy, and almost always it stretches us beyond our comfort zone.