I believe with all my heart that the key to the abundant life and living in victory is how we preceive God. That foundational truth will affect everything in your life. It will affect how you read the bible. How you study scriptures. It will affect how you view life in good times and in bad times. It will affect your relationships and how you deal with them. It will affect your praise and your worship. It will affect how you view church and how you act in church. It is really everything!
If you view God in parts, (love, wrath, judgment, etc) then you are missing the essence of who He is and you will not experience God as your loving Father. If you view Him as a God that loves but He will punish you if you do wrong, you have missed it.
This is what Steve McVey said in his book beyond an angry God, ” God’s is love isn’t predicated on our response. He loves because “God is love” (1John 4:8). This aspect of God’s nature is the benchmark from which we interpret everything else that can be known about Him. Is love simply one of God’s characteristics? Or instead, does John’s statements speak to the core essence of who He is? Are there other aspects of His nature that need to be seen in balance with the reality of His love? The answer is a resounding no.”
So, the greatest thing you can do for yourself is to know how much God loves you and everything He does, He does from who He is, and that is LOVE! So get the right perspective of God and watch your life begin to flows in His grace.