What Should You Expect From God?

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Do we really believe in a heavenly Father who, instead of giving His beloved children painful discipline, showers them with grace and love? Do we put our confidence on the grace of God and believe that it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance? Elyse Fitzpatrick, speaker and author of Women Helping Women, expounds on what it means to be forgiven and explains how God really feels about His sons and daughters.


Elyse said that most Christians have forgotten the Good News. We think that God is waiting for an opportunity to "slap us" (punish us) for our sins. Do you agree with her? What does that look like in your life?
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Justification by faith gives us peace with God, access to His grace, and the joyous confidence that we will share His glory. How does this change your way of thinking about what it means to be justified in Christ? How are you fully accepting the riches of God's grace in Christ Jesus?
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Sometimes it's easy to believe that God's grace is too good to be true and believers convince themselves that they have to do something to get in God's good graces. Is this true about you? Do you consider grace when you think about God? Why do you think it's hard for believers to accept God's grace?
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Elyse asked, "How does knowing that God has declared us righteous, has called us beloved sons and daughters in whom He is well pleased, change how we think about God?"
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Elyse concluded, "What should you expect from God? He will discipline you, of course He will. But His discipline is always redemptive, never punitive and always in the light of what Christ has already done for you."