A friend and I talked on our last visit about how important it is for us to be balanced in our relating to people, showing them both grace and truth, as Jesus did. (John 1:14) Applying God’s truth in our lives is crucial to our happiness and health. We do people no favor to be silent about the universal need to conform our ways to His ways. But this truth can hurt. We must also pray for His grace to be ours in presenting the truth to people. Jesus said:
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light. Matthew 11:28-30
My prayer is, Lord, let my speech be laced full of Your grace and gentleness, as I speak Your truth to people, in my role as a lay priest in Your kingdom. Let them see that following You, as demanding as it can be, is joyful and pleasurable, not harsh and painful.
. . . in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:4-6