Fifty Shades of Grace – Grace Defined

Fifty Shades of Grace 200x259Grace Defined

Cháris ~ Strongs (g5485)
• That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, loving- kindness.

• An absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men.

• Favor of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His Holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of Christian virtues.

• Unearned and unmerited favor.

• The power and equipment for ministry.

• Benefit, bounty, reward.

• A mode of greeting or Salutation among Greeks.

(Definition taken from portions of W.E. Vines and Strong’s Dictionary and The Complete Word Study)

First Grace

We see early in Scripture that God is a gracious God. The first mention of grace is found in reference to Noah. In the days that Noah lived, wickedness and blatant sin was rampant. Because of this God was sorry He made man and set out to destroy all of His creation (Genesis 6:5-7). But then, we are introduced to God’s grace. His grace was upon Noah, a just and perfect man that walked with God (Genesis 6:8-9). A preacher of righteousness, Noah feared God and kept himself separate from the world’s persuasion. As a result he found favor in God’s sight. The Hebrew word for grace in this passage can simply be translated as “to favor someone” or “to look at them favorably”. God looked at Noah favorably as a result of Noah’s faith and walk with God.

Psalm 111:4 gives us another reminder of God’s grace and compassion,
“He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion”. This word gracious  gives us a good description of God’s character toward those who are repentant (cf. Exodus 34:6-8, Joel 2:13).

 

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