But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
We don’t use the word ‘sin’ very often. It is difficult and uncomfortable to talk about. We tend to think of it as breaking a set of commands that God laid out, doing something wrong because it is forbidden. But it is deeper than that. God has given us those rules in order to help us understand His character. God is loving, merciful and gracious. Sin is the opposite.
It makes sense that if who we are is “the opposite” of who God is that we cannot be close to Him. How can we have a relationship if everything we think and do is contrary to His nature? But God wants to be with us, He desires that relationship. Even though we think and act in ways completely apart from Him, ways that sadden and break His heart, He still wants to show us He loves us. Christ died for us. His death and resurrection brought about a change — we are forgiven and our sinfulness is undone. We now are no longer “the opposite” of who God is, but we are His children. Instead of trying to understand Him with “do and don’ts”, we begin to understand Him as our Father. We experience His love and mercy and grace because we know Him. It is no longer about rules and regulations, it is about knowing the one who loves us. We are no longer opposites. I was a sinner, but now I know God.