God is love.
God does not only love us when we're good and nice to others. Although sin displeases Him, God still loves us even when we're bad and sin. We do not deserve His love! God loves us because He has decided to love us.
But there is a problem. God is a holy, perfect God, so no one with sin can be close to God or come to His home in heaven. We each have dishonored and displeased God by sinning - thinking and saying and doing bad things. Because God loves sinners so much, He sent His own Son Jesus to take the punishment for their sin. If we turn from sin to trust and follow Jesus, God will forgive our sins. What great love!
Go back to:
- "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us" (1 John 3:16a).
- "But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners. So through Christ we will surely be saved from God's anger, because we have been made right with God by the blood of Christ's death" (Romans 5:8-9, NCV).