Core to the Christian life is discovering and living in our new identity as the beloved of God. We were created in love, redeemed in love and are destined to live in the presence of God’s love forever. The stories of the Bible remind us that this is a constant battle. Jesus himself learned that he would constantly hear from those who hated him, but the Father reminded him that he was his beloved Son. This is our battle today. Prove ourselves. Compete. Perform. Show us why you have value. But God demonstrates his love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us.