Gosh, sometimes this walk of faith is humbling. I find myself awkwardly making my way down the path, bumbling, stumbling over my own feet from time to time. My walk of grace is not always so graceful.
I feel like I am a pendulum swinging back and forth from Grace and Truth, trying to find the right balance, often overcorrecting to reach middle ground and swinging too far the other way. But God is faithful. The thing I am reminded is that most come to Christ because of His grace. He is forgiving, gentle, kind, and patient. He is good. And as we freely accept and bathe ourselves in His grace there comes a time of accountability, a time where we must accept also His Truth. In those times we must look into the mirror of the Word of God and say, "Do I match up?" And at each of these intersections we have a choice to press into Him to help us align with His Truth and Righteousness because we are thankful for His grace and we trust Him, or we can choose to reject or ignore the Truth.
If we choose the truth, and we seek to discipline our flesh to obey Him, sometimes we swing too far...thinking that somehow this obedience saves us or makes us righteous. We become to stringent, we try to bind others, and we fall. Because pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit comes before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Then we must fall back again on His grace...another swing back on the pendulum.
It's sometimes hard for me to find this balance, but I saw this interview tonight with Carl Lentz, and he just articulated this balance sooo well. Katie Couric asked him how he felt about tolerance and specifically on the issue of homosexuality. He said that their principle is "Love everyone. Have conversations about everything else." Katie asked him if he felt a moral obligation to take a stance. His answer shocked me. He said (paraphrase): No, because we try to be like Jesus, and Jesus did not talk much about morality. He looked at issues of the heart. We are concerned about heart condition and souls, and there are conversations based on individual situations for everything else.
This comment pierced a dagger through my heart. In the Old Testament, even in the law, you can find God looking at issues of the heart. God is concerned about our hearts and about relationship with him. This is how we love others, and how we let Him love us! God is so good. His burden is light. We were never meant to be perfect so we could come to Him - we cannot be - we come to Him because we are broken and hurting, and let Him heal us...in walking with Him, every second of every day we become perfect in that moment. Ah...Jesus is so good.