Read aloud or write the Reflection Scripture.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:12-13 NLT
charis – 1 grace. 1a that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech. 2 good will, loving-kindness, favour. 2a of 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 the Christian virtues. 3 what is due to grace. 3a the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace. 3b the token or proof of grace, benefit. 3b1 a gift of grace. 3b2 benefit, bounty. 4 thanks (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward.
– Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon
Charis is the Greek translated as grace, and reveals its biblical meaning. Where in the Reflection Scripture do you see grace described? What does He call His people?
According to the definition, what is the purpose of grace?
What must we do to display the characteristics of grace? Does grace come naturally to us?
What are we to remember in order to exercise grace?
Grace provides joy to both the receiver and the giver. When have you experienced the joy of receiving grace? What about giving grace?
Ask God to reveal where you have failed to clothe yourself in grace. Seek forgiveness. Repent. Allow Him to work in your heart to bring about a willingness to put on grace for His glory.
Read Galatians 2:15-21
How is a person justified, whether Jew or Gentile? What is no one justified by?
Some Jewish Believers were trying to bring the law back as part of righteousness in Christ, requiring Gentile Believers to do the same. Why is the law no longer required as a means of justification for those in Christ? How are we supposed to live in light of Christ’s sacrifice?
If righteousness could be earned through the law or works, what did Jesus die for? How important is grace in light of these verses?
If we who believe are made right by Jesus’s pure gift of grace, how should we view other people? What has He given us to give others as a means of love?