Practice Grace & Truth (Part I)

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In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, there’s a scene which reveals the heart of Christ in a wonderful way. Edmund, the sibling who had set out to betray his siblings, comes to discover that the White Witch is evil and crafty. As such, he returns to his siblings and those who follow Aslan – the clear Christ-figure of the story. 

Upon Edmund’s return, Aslan has a conversation with Edmund and nobody else. Here is how C.S. Lewis writes it: “There is no need to tell you (and no one ever heard) what Aslan was saying, but it was a conversation which Edmund never forgot. As the others drew nearer Aslan turned to meet them, bringing Edmund with him. “Here is your brother,” he said, “and—there is no need to talk to him about what is past.”

Lewis, an exceptional writer, captures the imagination well. The reader is left wondering and imagining exactly what Aslan said to Edmund. But whatever truths were shared, they were shared with tremendous grace. The impact upon Edmund’s life is evident in this reading; “…it was a conversation he never forgot.” 

READING & PRAYERS:

     JAMES 3:1-18

QUESTION: What is a good, but difficult conversation somebody has had with you that you’ve never forgotten? What did they do or say that made it so memorable? 

QUESTION: What would help you grow into somebody who can share difficult truths but do so with tremendous love and grace? 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I am very good at communicating what I think is the truth, but I neglect to share that truth with love and grace. At times, I have even used Your Word as a weapon against others instead of as a way to encourage others. Continue to help me see the fullness of the grace You have shown me, and help me reflect that grace upon others. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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