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John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of love and of power, and of a sound mind.”

These are two of my favorite verses in the Bible. It seems as though each time I come back to these two verses, I get something new out of them each and every time. When going over these two verses again, this is what I gained from them.

For a long time I worried about God not loving me as much when I did something wrong.  Later I realized that God knew what he was getting when he died upon the cross and purchased me. It wasn’t a blind purchase of thinking he was getting one thing and actually getting another. He knew me before I was born and he knew my heart, even back then, knowing what a sinner I would be after I was born. He knew all the mistakes I would make because he knew me so well. Naturally, I came to the conclusion of the fact that if God loved me so much then, that there is nothing I can do that will make God love me less. Just as scripture says in Romans 8; nothing can separate me from His love.

I must also admit that for a very long time, I worried about not doing enough for God. I did this in fear that not doing would somehow effect the other end of the spectrum – God not loving me more than he already did. Of course after some time of struggling with this issue as well, I once again came to the conclusion of the fact that nothing I have done, can do, or will do can effect or cause God to love me anymore. He loved me a perfect love when he died on the cross.

Therefore, it is impossible for God to love me less and it is impossible for God to love me more. I am no more special or any less special than anyone else God loves.

One might ask, “Why then do anymore for God if it doesn’t effect how God loves you?”

We do what we do; our ministries, our writing, or witnessing, our evangelism, for these purposes – because of a pure, desiring heart that loves God and strives to please Him. We do this to honor God for loving us first. We do it to show others our confidence in our hope which is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We hold on to the promise that is no fear in doing the things we do because fear does not come from God – only power, love and a sound mind.