May truth and grace reside hereMay truth and grace reside here.

This quote is from a Hallmark Christmas movie, Engaging Father Christmas. They unearth this phrase from beneath wallpaper and discover the roots of the family who owned the cottage. I confess that my wife and I watch a LOT of Hallmark movies leading up to Christmas. There’s always a good message to them. I was intrigued by the statement found above the doorway pictured to the right. 

Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality. Truth matters, both to us as individuals and to society as a whole. As individuals, being truthful means that we can grow and mature, learning from our mistakes. Absolute truth is something that is true at all times and in all places. It is something that is always true no matter what the circumstances. It is a fact that cannot be changed. Malachi 3:6 says, “God is always the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He never changes. He is so faithful, so constant, so loving and so true!” 

Grace is undeserved, unmerited, unearned favour – that means nothing you can do can ever make God love you more, and nothing you do can make Him love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truthJohn 1:14

We need truth. We need grace. We need Jesus. Only Jesus Christ lived in perfect grace and perfect truth. Only Jesus Christ can save hard-hearted, hard-headed sinners full of lies and deserving judgment. 

What about you and your house? Do grace and truth reside there? What can you do today to make it more so? 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

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