What is καρισ?

“Let your speech always be filled with καρισ, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
Colossians 4:6

What exactly is καρισ? It’s the Greek word meaning ‘grace.’ Grace that is full of mutual respect and thankfulness.

Here’s the FULL definition from Strong’s Concordance. Each of these is so true. At this blog, I work to write full of this grace (καρισ) — in all these senses of the word.

— καρισ —

  • that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech, good will, loving-kindness, favor
  • 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 the Christian virtues
  • what is due to grace
  • the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
  • a gift of grace
  • benefit, bounty
  • thanks for benefits, services, favors, recompense, reward

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