“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
John 1:17 tells us that Jesus is full of grace and truth. Generally, we are successful in teaching our children the truth of the Bible, but sometimes we are reluctant to teach them about grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Perhaps we think they will get the idea that God forgives them so they can live sinful lives. But the very idea of grace is forgiveness and acceptance.
Too often our backslidden children think Jesus just brought truth into the world. They forget the grace of God. They need a balance of grace and truth in their lives. Grace is always reaching for God’s children. We need to remind them about Jesus and His great love.
Grace overlooks our humanity and leads us to salvation. Some believe that grace is license to do all kinds of sin. It is not! Grace will end. When our Lord descends from heaven and catches away His bride, truth and grace will go up with them.
Understanding grace takes time. It also takes knowledge. The way we discipline children teaches them grace and truth. Discipline may take many forms, but it is always difficult. Truth hurts; grace forgives and comforts. If we always teach both concepts, we will raise real Christians. Our children will be able to reprove and rebuke, but they will also be longsuffering (II Timothy 4:2).
Growing in grace is vital to our development as Christians. When we marry grace and truth in the lives of our children, we make strong Christians. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But, the love of God is forever; so let them grow in grace.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).