Thanks Pete I agree God does whatever He pleases. For some reason He has decided that all that we are is sustained by Him. So it really doesnt matter what situations we go through. It only matters how we veiw ourselves in any situation. In trials the temptation is to feel disconnected from God and the purpose to make all things good that we relate to in the situation. The point is that God brings Himself glory by unifying all things to work for our good and for His purpose.
Salvation is the only hope we have because it is the only plan of redemption on this earth. We never are to be left in our sin and shame. Salvation is a way to encourage ourselves to hope that the future i will be better than we could ask or think. Got to go. Will write more.
Some people blindly accept that God is both 50 percent hateful in His response to our sin. That is that we are responsible for sinning less. But God is also 50 percent of the time gonna forgive us. But there is never a time that God does not forgive all of our sin. But this is very confusing. If God forgives all of our sin then why should He be angry at us to punish us for our sin? Its teaching one side and then teaching the other side by saying that God directs His anger at us and at the same time He loves us.
Other people teach that God works everything out so that we get pleasure by His pleasure. But there is a catch. Why would you do something against God and go against His irresistible pleasure. In an indirect way they are saying that God is not angry at us but only that we did not respect His pleasure. The point is that we have such a hard time in this culture seeing Gods anger and wrath turned away from us.