In life, there is good success and bad success. Bad success is the kind of success you get at the expense of your personal well-being, relationships, etc, while good success sees you prosper in every area of your life.
What is justification? It’s translated from the Greek word “dikaiosis”, which was a word typically used in a court setting where someone is declared not guilty and they are ‘justified’. Whereas if the judge declares them guilty, they are condemned. When we read about justification in the New Testament, it refers to how we are declared not guilty by God even though we have sinned.
God created man from dirt (Gen. 2:7). Everyone came from dirt and dirt really doesn’t have a positive connotation in society - dirty mouths, dirt cheap, unclean. On the contrary, everything God does is beautiful and magnificent - He designed heaven with gates of pearl and streets of Gold - but for the Son He sent for us, He used dirt.
God is not just interested in the big things that affect us, but he cares about the small things that affect us too. There is nothing too insignificant! So wipe out the idea that God only wants to hear about out big issues and doesn’t want to bother with small issues.
Grace and truth don’t exactly go together, do they? Grace is mercy and though truth will set us free, it’ll probably tick us off before we can be set free. The tension is in balancing grace and truth; grace without truth is meaningless and truth without grace crushes people, but grace AND truth is medicine. Jesus lived in this tension, ministering grace and truth to others.