Many people hate to hear those words. After all, how could God love us if we are sinful, undeserving, selfish, and have a horrible past?
Others who are equally sinful are totally ignorant of their sin. They thank God they are not as bad as the robber, the molester, the murderer, the terrorist, the drug pusher, the alcoholic, the adulterer. They’re happy to hear God loves them because they feel worthy. But, to hear that God loves the really bad sinner is offensive to them. So they rule their churches with the iron fist of hypocrisy bullying their pastors and ministers into compliance. They’re modern day Pharisees, and one may wonder if they ever will be saved from their ignorance, their arrogance, or their sin.