But something gets in the way of that love: our sin. We think we are enough and in doing so, sin because we don’t recognize our weaknesses. We try to be enough or have enough and sin by choosing pathways toward that end that are contrary to the way God wants us to live. We sin when we think or act selfishly. We sin when we ignore God’s standards or we live ignorant of them. We appreciate created things above the Creator or distort perfection with our own depravity and sin–falling short of God’s measure of right living
Yes, the Gospel begins with God’s love, but it is quickly followed by an accurate knowledge of ourselves: that we cannot achieve goodness on our own. No matter how much we want to or how hard we try, we will fall short of what God requires. The Bible says “For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Not only that, but it doesn’t matter how much you sin. If you sin at all you are totally guilty.
James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. And according to James 2:15, “sin…brings forth death.” While you may be walking and breathing and fully alive, because of sin, the truth is you are dead inside with no hope of eternal life once this earthly life is over.
BUT. The love of God is more powerful than death, more supreme than sin. His love is enough. When sin against God ultimately required our death as payment, His love compelled Him to provide a way for us to be restored to abundant freedom and perfect relationship with Him in spite of our sin.