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God is actively involved in my life, and has a purpose for me. **Be mindful:** God's ways are higher than mine. **Don't worry:** God, who controls nature and history, cares about me. **Be excited:** God is working out his good plan for my life.
We are saved because of what Jesus did, not because of what we do. No matter what troubles I face in this life, they pale in comparison to my salvation for eternity. Therefore, I need to walk in grace and offer grace to others.
The words of the Bible are words from God. The Bible has decisive authority over what I say and do. The Bible is the lens from which I view the world. The principles in the Bible must govern my life even when I don't fully understand or like what it teaches.
God loves me, therefore my life has value. I exist to know, love and serve God. My worth comes from my position in Christ, not my performance. I live to express who I am in Christ, not to prove who I am. Therefore, I can focus on building others up, not tearing them down.