7th July 2019

READ: Matthew 16:13-23

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

The glory of Jesus Christ is in His presentation of truth with grace. Truth without grace is dangerous.

Truth without grace will eliminate most of the followers of Christ. Most Christians would not make the mark if God dealt with us based on only the truth. Let’s face it, how many Christians really do what the pastor tells them to do?

How many Christians walk in love and forgive one another? If the church were to wipe out its mistake-laden members, most churches would be empty. King David described it well: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Psalm 130:3).

Jesus knew the truth about Peter, but He mixed it with grace. Jesus knew that Peter was open to satanic and worldly influences but He still worked with him. He knew that Peter slept at prayer meetings (Matthew 26:40), but the grace of God allowed Jesus to continue to work with Peter. He overlooked Peter’s frailties. Jesus knew Peter would let Him down (John 13:38) but He still worked with him. Jesus did not disconnect Himself from Peter. He forgave him.

In the end, Peter turned out to be a great leader of the church. That is what truth mixed with grace can do. A good leader always combines a mixture of truth and grace when dealing with his followers. A mixture of truth and grace will allow some of your followers to straighten out and become great ministers.

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