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To review, a person may feel very unhappy and/or have less than good relationships with others because he thinks that he cannot trust a good God Who loves him and has wonderful plans for him. Thinking this way, a person naturally looks to other people to make him happy. When people don’t, he becomes angry at them and eventually at himself. But, determined to live, he develops plans which will only cause more heartache for him.
Contrast this with a person who knows that the good God who died on the cross for him loves him and will cause all things to work out for his good. Such a person lives from a position of ultimate security. He doesn’t need to demand anything from anyone. He is going to be all right no matter what. Such a person can choose to respect others, because he doesn’t have to protect his own ego. He can give up worrying about himself, and instead he can worry about helping others, because he knows God will look out for him.
Furthermore, such a person has the motivation for valuing other people and for looking out for them. God values them and loves them. And since there is a profound sense of gratitude for all that God has done, such a person finds himself compelled to love those whom God loves.
When a person doesn’t have to be selfish to survive, he finds himself free from his own fears and free to love others.
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