2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
When Jesus tells the parable of the talents, he shows the difference between acting from fear and from love. A master prepares to go on a journey and gives to his servants different amounts of money. To one he gives five talents, to another two talents and to another one talents.
The master returned from his journey. The man who had been given five talents invested his blessings and it was made into five more talents. The man who had been given two talents invested his blessings and it was made into two more talents.
But the servant who had been given only one talent was afraid of the master. He buried his talent and he did nothing with his blessing.
What is the difference between acting from fear and from love? Fear fails, love lives.
How do we know what kind of relationship we have God? “The love of Christ controls us.”
I have a relationship of love with our heavenly father. I know this is the relationship I have with God, because Jesus “died for all, that those how live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
I have been given blessings by God. With confidence in his love for me I use these blessings in the world.
If I act from fear, I fail to use his blessings but instead try sustain my life through my own labors.