God hates sin because it goes against His being. God is holy. He embodies an incomprehensible degree of purity. He is the epitome of moral perfection and is free from any blemish. All of humanity’s sins are against God.

“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You” (Psalm 5:4).

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

God hates sin because it keeps us from having peace with Him. It was through Adam and Eve that sin entered the human race, and from that time on, human beings became sinners by nature, which brought about spiritual death and separation from God. 

Psalm 51:5: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

 “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

God hates sin for the simple reason that sin separates us from having a personal relationship with Him: 

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2)

“Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good” (Jeremiah 5:25).

God hates sin because it has consequences. God is a God of Holiness and Justice, which sometimes comes with God’s wrath. Though God loves us, He cannot, does not, and will never ignore our sins.

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13).

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified” (Romans 2:12-15).

There is no such thing as a secret or little sin. God is all-knowing and will punish our sins when we don’t think they “matter all that much.” They do to God.

“you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

God hates sin because it always brings separation from Him. Because God is the definition of love that never fails, our sin against Him does not stop God from loving us and wanting an everlasting relationship. Only God, not man, could pay the price for our sins.

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26) NIV.

God the Father spared nothing to save us, including His Son. He put our sins on Jesus and had Him die for the sins of the entire world. Jesus was treated as though He were guilty of all the sins ever committed by the human race, even though He committed none. God’s grace did not stop there. Because Christ died for our sins, we who believe have forever been forgiven of all sins, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103) Jesus then, by His grace, put His righteousness in us that will forever secure a relationship with God the Father and His Son. 

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:7-10).

Trying to be good is not enough to pay the penalty for our sins. We are born with the desire to do our own thing, to be our own “god.” This is sin. We cannot give ourselves passes for sinning because we never killed anyone. God created us all in His image so we could have a relationship with him. His goal is to love Him, love others, and live only for His glory, not our own. He is inviting us to believe in Jesus, who died for our sins and begin to live our lives with the hope that when we die, we will spend eternity with Jesus.

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).