Evangelicals realize that preaching the truth is purifying to the saved and unsaved. But what they frequently overlook is that demonstrating grace is also equally purifying. Am I wrong or right? Grace is not license for sin. Understanding this point is a core teaching of the gospel Paul preached and defended as he was appointed by the LORD.
Here Paul commands the church to attain holiness through manifesting His variegated grace:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col. 3:12-17
I recently enjoyed reading through Proverbs. I wanted to find a proverb for every virtuous quality of grace.
Firstly, grace is virtuous:
He who loves purity of heart and has grace on his lips, the king will be his friend. Prov 22:11
And now, Colossians' various manifestations of God's grace....
Mercy over foolishness, is purifying.
He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
Forgiveness between believers, is purifying.
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Kindness toward inadequacy, is purifying.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Humility is purifying.
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.
Forbearance is purifying.
By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
Love toward believers is purifying.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
What I learned from the comments left by believer-friends, is that truth is equally worthy and I should be using it more often. I don't have to lean so hard into grace to see God's will be done.
Lastly, I must add a little more truth with grace.
He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.
Now, if I could just come to know how to wisely use both grace and truth? I don't know. It can be done, says the Word:
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.