God is certainly offended by sin. God loves His people and longs to be with them, however, sin is what separates His people from Him (Isaiah 59:2). God created the world perfect (Genesis 1:31). He made Adam and Eve in His own image (Genesis 1:27). But when they disobeyed Him and yielded to Satan, our perfect world was ruined. The consequences of sin were pain, suffering and death. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Sin marred God’s beautiful creation.
God saw the miserable fallen state of man and was moved by infinite compassion. The Lord planned a way for salvation to all. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There are no limits to the love of God. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
But there is one condition—belief in, and willing cooperation with, Christ (John 1:12). It is God’s goodness that leads men to repentance “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). It is His love that melts hard hearts, brings back the lost, and makes sinners into saints.
Our holy God (1 Peter 1:16) is so offended by sin that He commands His children saying, “Put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On the account of these God’s wrath is coming” (Colossians 3:5-6). A realization of the Christian’s relationship to God will lead him to live righteously by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11-13), knowing that his daily conduct reflects his attitude toward God.
God offers all His free gift of eternal life, but those that insist on following the devil in sin will eventually be destroyed with him. “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Peter 3:7).
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