God loathes sin but loves us in spite of our sin­ning

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Since I was a child I’ve been told that God hates sin, and be­cause I don’t al­ways do what’s right, I’ve al­ways as­sumed that he must hate me also. But now that I’m older I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if I’m wrong. Am I?

Yes, you are wrong — and I’m thank­ful you’re be­gin­ning to re­al­ize it! God loves you, and the great­est dis­cov­ery you or any­one else can ever make is that you are deeply loved by God.

Does this mean God doesn’t hate sin? Does this mean he sim­ply ig­nores it, or even laughs at it and pre­tends it doesn’t mat­ter?

No, not at all. But the key is to un­der­stand why he hates sin. He hates sin for many rea­sons — but the great­est rea­son is be­cause of what it does to us. Sin is a de­ceiver and a de­stroyer, and God hates it for that rea­son. Just as you hate it when your child gets hurt, so in a far greater way God hates it when we hurt our­selves by our sin.

How do we know God loves us, in spite of our sins? We know it for one rea­son: God sent his only son, Je­sus Christ, into the world to save us from our sins. We de­serve to die be­cause of our re­bel­lion against God — but on the cross, all our sins were trans­ferred to Je­sus Christ, and he took upon Him­self the judg­ment we de­serve. The Bible says, “This is how we know what love is: Je­sus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16).

Don’t be bound any longer by your fears. In­stead, turn to Je­sus Christ, thank­ing him for his for­give­ness and his love for you, and invit­ing him to come into your life. Your life will never be the same.

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