Grace and Conviction

The challenge is always to balance grace and conviction. Fortunately, the two are not incompatible. “Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary” (Psalm 96:6). Refuse the lie that claims you cannot stand for truth while loving those who are living a lie. Conviction and values actually fuel greater compassion; brokenness increases in direct proportion to our awareness of how far we all are from holy God. Smug self-righteousness is not the necessary corollary to certainty. Any Christian knows by experience that Christ opposes the proud, but grants grace to the humble. As Scripture directs, “Having done all to stand, stand (Ephesians 6:13-14), but offer a loving hand to those who have yet to find their feet.

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