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Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Luke 15:11-14 NKJV

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. Luke 15:25 NKJV

28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.

 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. Luke 15:29 NKJV

The word ‘grace‘ literally means ‘favour’, to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a superior to an inferior, ‘unmerited favour’ .

The opposite of Grace is  Legalism (or nomism), it is the act of putting the Law of Moses above the gospel by establishing requirements for salvation beyond faith (trust) in Jesus Christ .

The Prodigal son received Grace , the older son was legalistic

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV

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