What we hear from others about God’s nature helps shape our impression of Him. This is important, because our impression might have been shaped in the negative. An incorrect concept about God will determine the direction in which our lives go. Some know Him as the God of punishment and judgment; others know Him as the God of mercy and love. If we do not correctly interpret the difference between the Old and the New Testament, we can get the wrong idea about God directly from the Bible. What people fail to understand is that the Bible is divided into covenants; to truly understand God’s nature, we must look at Him through the new covenant. Jesus was the perfect expression of God’s nature. When we see God through the lens of Jesus, we will no longer fear Him.