Before I learned my true identity in Christ, I didn’t know the True God. And I didn’t feel like His child.
I envisioned God as our Heavenly Father, creator of all things. I believed He loved me, but I thought His love and acceptance depended on my behavior.
I believed His blessings were rewards for my good deeds, e.g. teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir.
But I also believed He kept track of my sins (and back in the day there were plenty of them). So when I was not living in obedience, I walked around waiting for the other shoe to drop. Waiting for God to say, “I don’t like what you’re doing, so take this.” Whack! Because I was living in disobedience, God couldn’t be pleased with me. I would have to do a bunch of good things so He would accept me.
Eventually I learned God was nothing like what I believed.
I am so grateful today for God’s unconditional love. I know now I am fully accepted as His precious child no matter what my behavior. I know that He will never leave me nor forsake me. My love for God grows every day.