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Summary: God’s work for us in Christ can give us the tools to fight against despair that may set in from dealing with people, circumstance, or our own selves.

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Our feelings make us go crazy!

We need to compensate for things that can drive us nuts!

Complex challenges can limit any of us

Our views affect the ways we view life; safe with God or building lives without God.

We must depend on God’s love for us.

1. God chooses to love us as He finds us (1-3)

He gives life to the lifeless

His new life gives us power to choose righteousness

His love overcomes our destiny to find wrath

2. God changes lives through our relationship with Jesus Christ (4-7)

His kindness to us from His grace energizes our lives

As the objects of His grace, even angels learn more of God by watching how He treats us

Strengthening our unity with Christ strengthens us

3. God saves us independent of our actions (8-9)

We enjoy His grace more as our faith operates

Salvation came as a gift; nothing we earned

Joy responds to God; pride for spirituality ultimately leads to emptiness

4. God can bring contented living (peace) to us (17)

Freedom from conflict with God follows surrender

Confession of sin and victory over sin follow us as we come closer to God

What matters most is what God thinks of us…

He tells us:

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,

and hath given himself for us…” (Ephesians 5:2)


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