if God is love, we have no need of shame;

if God is good, we can abandon fear;

if God is all powerful, in our weakness he is strong;

if God knows all, we are free to be our true selves;

if God forgives, we need not carry the burden of a grudge;

if God is everywhere, we can let go of loneliness;

if God is truth, we do not need consensus;

if God is just, we can give up revenge;

if God is merciful, we have no need to judge;

if God is faithful, we can give up certainty;

if God is in control, we need not strive for power;

if God needs nothing, we cannot earn his favor;

if God is the creator, owner, and master of everything,

we can surrender to his will and rest in his perfect peace.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  (Deuteronomy 7:9; Today’s New International Version)