I hate my sin.
I hate that I fall back into sins that I felt at one point were behind me.
I hate that my mind doesn't imitate Philippians 4:8.
I hate that I value myself more highly than I value my Creator.
I hate that my selfishness impacts my ministry to others.
I hate that I have just cause to write all of this and much more.
And what I hate most of all is that I don't hate any of these things as much as I truly should.
But I do love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has covered my multitude of sins on the cross through His death and resurrection.
Some people say that we spend too much time focusing on being "sinners saved by grace". That we should talk more about our restored glory, being a co-heir with Christ and being a new creation with a new name. Those are all amazing and wonderful things to be thankful for and to meditate on.
But the ministry to my soul has always rested, and I believe always will rest, on the recognition, acceptance and truth of being a sinner saved by grace.
And that makes me want to love Jesus more.
Godliness is how you live when you believe that Jesus is better than sin.