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This chair I’m sitting in is being stressed by my weight. As a former engineer, there was a time in my life when I could calculate those stresses – but not any more! So, this chair is under stress - but it is not stressed out! The stresses on it are well within its capacity. Those stresses TEND to deform it … but they are not succeeding in deforming it to any significant extent. Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to be with us as Christians. Although we will have stress in our lives, it doesn’t have to deform us or “stress us out,” because in Christ we are well able to stand up under the pressure.

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