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The Book of Job

            The Holy Spirit gives us good habits (virtues), which are essentially gifts not based on our own merits and is possible through sanctifying grace (a gift from God that helps us and guides us) or just being humans with a soul. This relationship opens us up to Heaven and we are free to choose to receive or not receive grace. Job was a blessed man who obeyed God's commandments and feared God. God blessed Job with riches, many of animals, servants, and a wife and ten children. Even though Job's children, servants, and animals were taken away from him, Job maintains many good habits throughout his suffering. Job is a virtuous person because he is loyal, hope, and integrity. .
             Job states, 'When we are born we have nothing. When we die, we take nothing with us. God has given to us all the things that we have. Sometimes he takes away the things that we have. Only the LORD gives us things. It is only the LORD that takes them away again. But I will still praise the name of the LORD!' Job understands that because of God he was born with many blessings and because of that God can take it away, but even though he took away everything, Job still praises God. Job portrays his loyalty to God when his wife asked Job if God is still good and he should curse at God. Job replies, 'Do not talk like a fool! We take the good things that God gives us. So we should not be surprised if he sends us trouble as well.' Even when his wife tells him to turn his back to God, Job refuses to and even though bad things happened to him he never does or says anything bad about God. Job has faith in God and without faith one cannot have hope. Hope is a driving force in the lives of Christian's that guides us to live a life that God calls. "And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house.

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