READ : John 8:1-11
I am prone to bump people in the nose. I never do it intentionally, but sometimes my body jerks and my arms fly all over the place. If someone is close, they get hit. I occasionally knock glasses off noses or almost hit cups of coffee out of people’s hands. When I accidentally hit my dad, his first reaction is sometimes one of anger. However, he is quick to forgive because he loves me in spite of the fact that he is angry with the cerebral palsy which makes me jerk.
My dad’s reaction helps me understand how our heavenly Father feels about us when we sin. When we sin and hurt Him, He hates our sins but continues to love us in spite of the wrongs we commit. We see an example of this when the Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees were ready to stone her. They saw her as an immoral sinful woman, but Jesus saw her differently. He loved her in spite of her sins and saw her as a child of God in need of forgiveness. He spoke gently and lovingly to her, forgave her and told her to leave her life of sin.
In our loving Lord’s eyes we are deeply loved in spite of our sins. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins so that we can find forgiveness in Him. Praise God that He loves us at the same time He hates our sins.
Loving Lord, thank You for Your awesome love in spite of our sins. Help us to be a channel of Your incredible love to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.