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.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
What would 2019 look like if it was filled with grace and truth?
Was there some shame, guilt, lie, or betrayal in 2018? Maybe you didn’t commit any heinous acts, but you had some committed against you or someone you love.
What would our families, our church, our community look like if we were all resolved to be filled with grace and truth this year?
We need grace because absolutely not one of us is perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes we sin on purpose. We all need grace. And we all need to know the truth. Jesus died for all of our sins. For your sins and mine. The big sins and even the sins of omission. And because of this revolutionary act of love, mercy, and grace, we are able to know God and have fellowship with our Heavenly Father today and forevermore. This is the truth.
Whether you had an amazing year last year or one of the worst you’ve ever experienced, every day is a chance for a new beginning.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Thought of the day: Take a moment to confess your sins, hurts, and hang ups. And then be so thankful that “out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” He has already forgiven all, He has died for all.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your faithfulness, truth, grace, and love. Help me to be like You and to be able to forgive myself, as well as those around me. Help me to live out grace and truth to myself and those around me. Amen.