There is this book. A good, but piercing one. My sister read it and really liked it, so I ended up owning it. But upon reading it, I found stuff I didn’t like, that made me uncomfortable and question God’s love for me.
This book is Follow Me by David Platt.
He was talking about God hating sinners. I was one of those people who grew up thinking, “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.” But according to Psalm 5, it’s quite clear that God actually hates the person. But hear me out. There’s more.
When we sin, it’s a part of us, Platt says. So therefore because God is holy and hates sin, he hates us. But he also loves us.
It all goes to Jesus dying for us. He died so he could take away the wrath of God from us–the hate was transferred to him.
But then He also died because of his love for us.
The first time I read Follow Me, I didn’t catch the rest of the story, and I was kinda freaked out cause I couldn’t reconcile that with what I knew. It was scary!! I didn’t even finish the book.
But I decided to pick it up again and I’m glad I did! This makes so much more sense to me this time.
I was also reminded of the fact that our salvation is not about us. I realized I base my adoption into God’s family on a prayer I prayed. But that doesn’t nearly matter as much as trusting Jesus’ sacrifice for me. Believing that he is enough to cover my sins and make me right with God.
Anyway, that was a bit of thought-processing and I hope it encourages you somehow!!
Photo credit: WordPress free photo library 🙃