God gives grace to the humble. Wiser words were never put forth than those written by James and recorded in the Bible. (check out James 4.6)
I was having a conversation about the relationship between grace and truth with my friend, Dave. Grace and truth go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. When we choose to cover over the truth of our need for grace with rationalizations, blame-shifting, denial and outright deceit, grace becomes ineffective. The truth of the matter is that all of us are in the same boat. We all have moments from life where we missed the mark. Some of us may have missed it by an inch while others among us may have been off by a mile, but all of us have stumbled. It’s a tough thing to be humble enough to admit that.
What’s really amazing about grace is that there is nothing so ugly that it cannot transform into a moment of unspeakable beauty. When grace is added into the mix of even the worst situations the most inspiring moments rise up. But grace can be undermined by our inability to be humble and honest about our failures.
Grace begins where our pride ends.