When doing a study this week, I came across the question "How would your attitude toward sin change if you saw it less as breaking God's rules and more as breaking God's heart?". Ouch. Honestly, I've never really looked at it that way. In Genesis 6:5-6 It says "When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time" that the Lord was "deeply grieved". The Hebrew word used here means wounded, pained, or heartbroken. In Isaiah 54:6, he used the same word to describe the emotion that a wife would have if her husband abandoned her. God is not just angry at sin, but grieved and heartbroken by it.
Sin doesn't just break the rules, it hurts the relationship. That magnifies how great His grace for us is, that while we were still sinners - while he was deeply hurt by us, Christ died for us anyway. While I screw up over, and over, and over after continually apologizing, He forgives me anyway. That is a relationship I want to draw closer to. That is one I want to put work into. Just a little thought to get your Monday going!