26 And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.
Alma describes the Savior as having a trio of attributes: grace, equity, and truth. Today, I’m pondering how those attributes work together and how I can incorporate them into my life. Here’s my understanding of the three terms:
- grace – unmerited blessings; a willingness to give to others without expecting anything in return, or at least with a knowledge that the recipient can never fully repay you
- equity – fairness and even-handedness; the absence of bias or favoritism
- truth – an accurate “knowledge of things as they really are” (D&C 93:24); a willingness to face difficult facts and avoid self-deception (even when you really want something to be true)
What happens if you develop one of these attributes without the others?
- If you have grace, but not equity or truth, you might sympathize with specific individuals and champion their causes without considering the impact on other people. You might also “run faster…than you have strength” (D&C 10:4), trying to serve others in a way that is not sustainable over time.
- If you have equity, but not grace or truth, you may be so focused on doing things “the right way” that you fail to recognize the unique needs of individuals. You may apply policies effectively and consistently, but may fail to perceive cases where exceptions to the policy are in order.
- If you have truth, but not grace or equity, you may have a rock-solid understanding of the world around you but may be completely incapable of applying that understanding to real-world problems in a way that helps other people and makes the world a better place.
I am grateful for a God who perfectly embodies the attributes of grace, equity, and truth. Today, I renew my commitment to develop all three of these attributes in emulation of Him: to be simultaneously generous, fair, and honest.