Grace

(John 1:17, Ephesians 2:5-10)

Great words are not for men to give,
For this one would not be,
God gave this word so men might live,
In His love and mercy.

If not for the cross of Jesus,
This word would not be prayed,
The wrath of God remains on us,
As sin debt goes unpaid.

This word is not what we deserve,
In Christ we will exult,
Its power will change and preserve,
And joy is the result.

There are few words more beautiful,
Than this word to a man,
Who once had been dead and sinful,
But now is born again.

This word gives sinners righteousness,
It is our final plea,
If not for Christ and God’s justice,
This word would never be.

Behind the lines

Grace is a simple, yet beautiful word with a HUGE meaning that leads to much joy in Christ. From Biblos the Greek word is charis (Strongs 5845):

charis: grace, kindness

Original Word: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: charis
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece)
Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness
Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

The Hebrew word is “chen” (Strongs 2580) and the first occurrence is found in Genesis 6:8:

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD (ESV)

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (KJV)

Original Word: חֵן
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: chen
Phonetic Spelling: (khane)
Short Definition: favor

Grace has another link to the Greek word chairó (Strongs 5463):

chairó: to rejoice, be glad

Original Word: χαίρω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: chairó
Phonetic Spelling: (khah’-ee-ro)
Short Definition: I rejoice, am glad
Definition: I rejoice, am glad; also a salutation: Hail.

For when God gives grace it causes great joy!

5463 /xaírō (“glad for grace“) has a direct “etymological connection with xaris (grace)” (DNTT, 2, 356). S. Zodhiates (Dict, 1467) likewise comments that 5479 /xará(“joy”) and 5485 /xáris (“grace”) are cognate with 5463/xaírō (“to rejoice”), i.e. all share the same root and therefore the same core (fundamentalmeaning.

From Wikipedia:

In Christian theology, grace has been defined as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”,”the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race”. It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man – “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor, love and clemency.

May you rejoice in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and as Paul wrote in opening and closing many of his letters. Grace to you or grace be with you.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers (and sisters). Amen.” (Galatians 6:18)

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