“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Does this verse scare you?
It does me.
How about this one?
Romans 8:1: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Is the bible contradicting itself? No. The scriptures are clear that God hates sin, and that our sin separates us from him.
The bible is also clear that God loves us and has provided a way to rescue us.
Let’s look at a few bridges which bring the above two verses together.
Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Isaiah 53: 5: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
John 3:16-17: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Hebrews 7:25: Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
John 5:24: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
Father God, thank you. Because of your love for me, you look at me and see Jesus.