Cháris is the Greek word for grace.
Particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor. Cháris stands in direct antithesis to érga, works, the two being mutually exclusive. God's grace affects man's sinfulness and not only forgives the repentant sinner, but brings joy and thankfulness to him. It changes the individual to a new creature without destroying his individuality (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, 1469) ...not only this.
But this...therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel..(2 Timothy 1:8-10).
Grace given [to me] [and you]...in Christ Jesus...before the ages began.
Before the ages began.
Before 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth' (Genesis 1:1).
Before time began.
There was grace.
That gives me such joy, such pleasure...I am grateful and thankful...for His grace.