The one and only son who came from the Father full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV
You need to bring both of these with you when you step on the court. Some people think that they come full of truth. They know what is right, what everyone should have done, when there is a foul and which way it should go. These people are full of something, but it isn’t truth.
Take an example of saving a ball that is going out of bounds during a pick up game with no ref. If you or someone else is saving the ball, do you know for sure if the ball last bounced in the court, or on the line? Do you know if the foot of the person saving the ball was inbounds and hadn’t touched outs of bounds before the handled the ball. I used to think I always knew exactly what happened. Now I know that on a quick play, someone might have seen the players foot, someone else had a better angle on the ball, and someone saw when the guy landed and if he had released the ball before landing.
That is a very simple example. Try determining block or charge, especially if you were one of the players involved. You just aren’t the only one who knows the truth. Sometimes you are wrong.
Now add grace. Your teammate took a good shot, at the right time, and missed. Can you encourage him and say good shot, keep shooting it? If you can he is much more likely to listen to you if you notice something in his release.
Bring truth and grace with you and you are much more like to receive a balance of truth and grace in return.