You are loved because of God’s grace, not because of your performance. We love Him because He first loved us. God extended grace and mercy to us before we ever knew He existed. Your performance does not qualify you to be His child, called by His name. You receive His grace and love through faith, and that never changes. Your performance does not change His love for you, and His grace and mercy are held out to you continually as you toddle through the growth process.