1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].
I am going to try to keep it short and simple. We all grow up hearing a lot of voices. Whether it be parental, religious, or of the world - we hear them all. Some are good, some are not. But altogether, they form the things we listen to in our own heads.
As we become adults, sometimes it is hard to sort through all the voices and hear truth.
The truth is, God is love. The truth is He is full of mercy. The truth is He is kind. The truth is He looks at us differently than we look at ourselves. The truth is He looks at us differently then the person next to us. The truth is if we are living in fear of people, God, etc., then we do not understand God's love for us.
Listen to the voice of truth. Turn it up and let it drown out all the other voices.