Like many people in our world today, most of my life I’ve struggled with a shame-based identity. Growing up in a home where my parents frequently argued and yelled at each other and being molested as a boy laid a foundation of shame in my life. When I came to Christ as a young adult, this bout with shame didn't disappear, though it lessened. Then in my early years in Christ I somehow developed a performance-based identity where I sought to earn God's favor and love.
Nothing you can do can ever make God love you more. Nothing you can do can ever make God love you less.
“Love slays what we have been that we may be what we were not.” — St. Augustine
“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them.” — C. S. Lewis.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 ESV.
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