14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (NIVUK)
A good counselor is truthful as well as gracious. Jesus’ Apostles also emphasize the point in their Epistles. (eg: Eph 4:15). Counselors guide others with words. The words can be wise or they can be unwise. The words can help or hurt people. Therefore the speaker or writer must take great care before expressing them. Eloquence can certainly have strong effect on the listeners or readers, but the power of words lies in the fact that once uttered or published, they cannot be taken back – one cannot unring the bell.
If human words are powerful, then how much more powerful are God’s words? His words created the whole universe, and the beginning of time. His words are actions at the same time. Such powerful words without grace could destroy us all. How can humanity withstand bare truth from God?
“He rules the world with Truth and Grace, and makes the nations prove…” goes the 4th verse of “Joy to the World” Christmas carol. Jesus rules not with a rod of discipline but with love and gentle spirit. (cf: 1 Cor 4:21) He will not destroy us with his words but calls us to action. What is his counsel for us in this season of Advent?