It’s good to be back. May started off incredibly busy and then we had some issues that prevented getting a new blog on here. We are back now, and I am excited about today’s message.
I just want to take this moment to say that my goal in these is simply to encourage you. I’m not trying to dive deep into things and give you the greatest revelations or anything like that. I just simply want to provide you with an encouraging word that keeps your eyes on the Truth, the Gospel, and God’s Love.
This is a beautiful question. Before I answer the question, we need to know what sin is. Is it the behaviors we do? Is it when we do bad things? Is it when we break the 10 commandments? In Isaiah 66, God explains what HE considers sin, “For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened…”
All God wants is to talk to us, for us to listen, and talk back. He wants to actively love you, and for you to love Him back. He already loves you. But there is a difference when we are aware that someone loves us. God wants us to listen and answer. To Him, sin is a broken relationship. To us, sin is us choosing to do bad things. They are not the same, and we need to learn His definition.
Back to the question, does He hate sin? He considers our rebellion disgusting, a filth, darkness, and slavery. He obviously doesn’t like that sin exists. Jesus came to remove our sins. Psalms 103 is a beautiful scripture about how God sees us, regardless of our sins:
6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
God has removed our sins from us, as far as the East is from the West. Jesus paid our debts, once for all sins of the entire world. Zechariah 3:9 says that Jesus would remove all the sins of the land in a single day, but what most don’t know is the word here for “land” is the same word for Earth in Genesis 1:1- ha’aretz. So Jesus removed our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 takes it even further! Jesus BECAME sin so as to remove it, and He exchanged your sins for His righteousness.
Does God hate sin? In a word, Yes. Absolutely He does. But to think that God hates your sin is absolutely wrong because if you have sin, then Jesus failed at His job to remove all of it. You don’t have sin. You have His righteousness.
Colossians 1:22 says that Jesus presents you Holy, blameless, and free from accusation to the Father. Does He? Is the bible correct in saying this? Then it would be wrong to focus on hating sin. God loves us. Don’t focus on sin. Focus on Him. In Him is fullness of Joy.
Written by a few for the many.