Yesterday, my post about the t-shirt for the little girl that read: available, received a comment that said: (we) must BE the church. I totally agree! We must not just say we are the church, but we must demonstrate God's love and BE the church to the world around us.
My next thought was about grace and truth.
If we have do not have a beautiful blend of grace and truth we end up lopsided!
If we have all grace and no truth we are ineffective to change and almost become just like the world around us.
If we have all truth and no grace we pour out condemnation that doesn't show God's love.
So grace and truth! Jesus said it best when he was talking to the woman who was caught in adultery. No one would throw a stone at her, so Jesus said, "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin."
Truth and grace, two essential characteristics we must have when we are the church to the world around us!