English-speaking church in Eindhoven

Truth and Grace

Jesus embodied both grace and truth. Unlike those who rigidly cling to truth without conceding grace or vice versa, Jesus exemplified a perfect balance of both qualities. This nature is highlighted in the Bible: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, …, full of grace and truth” (John 1.14).

In his life and ministry, Jesus upheld the truth while demonstrating grace. A notable example is when he encountered a woman caught in adultery. The accusers, presuming to act in alignment with truth, sought to execute her based on Mosaic law, which prescribed death for both the adulterer and adulteress (Leviticus 20.10). However, their flawed application of truth became evident.

Jesus addressed the situation by challenging the men who brought her: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8.7). As they reflected on their imperfections, one by one, they left, leaving the woman alone before Jesus. Instead of condemnation, Jesus extended grace, saying, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” (John 8.11). In this moment, Jesus seamlessly combined grace (no condemnation) with the establishment of truth (sin no more).

This serves as a powerful reminder that living a life characterized by both truth and grace is essential. As someone wisely said, “Truth without grace is judgment, and it can kill someone’s spirit. True love is grace and truth together. Show up with both all the times.” May the dear Lord help us to be people of truth and grace! God bless!