God loves you more than he hates sin.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, he gave his son…” We’ve heard this verse a thousand times, and still, the message we often hear in church culture is “God hated sin so much, he gave his son…” Think about that for a moment. As much as God cannot abide sin, his love for you and me is what motivates him. I pretty much grew up thinking that God hated sin so much he had to send Jesus to die and solve my sin problem. I imagined God getting so fed up that he had to finally deal with sin and his only option was to have his son killed. There is no doubt Jesus’ sacrifice enables us to be forgiven of our sin--all of it. That sin, however, was not what God was thinking about when he sent Jesus.
God was consumed by his love for us when he chose to make such a great sacrifice. Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself because of his love for all people. You might be like me and you are tempted to think of sin in terms of shame. We often feel like we might be a disappointment to God because we keep sinning. The opposite is true. God knows all about your sin and he is infinitely patient with you because he knows it’s all done and paid for--because he loves you.