God loves us and wants to keep us to himself, making sure we are not contaminated but remain pure before him. He reacts when we are defiled by sin because he is righteous and can not put up with unrighteousness. When we therefore choose to dwell in sin, he reacts negatively towards our decision.

Some of the negative emotions God shows toward our sin include:

1. He is angry: God can be angry when we choose to be unreasonable and provoke him by our actions. We are told that when the Israelites grumbled before him and doubted his abilities, he became angry and sent down his fire against them (Psalm 78: 19-21). John 3:36 says that anyone who refuses to believe in Jesus Christ will not see life but the anger of God.

2. He hates sin: Sin is repugnant to God; he is correct and can not condone sin. God hates anything that constitutes a sin (Psalm 5: 5; Proverbs 6: 16-19). Living in sin means provoking Gods hatred. He can never love sin, neither can he stand the sight of it.

3. He punishes sin: God does not only hate sin, he also punishes it. Several times in the bible we are told how the Israelites were punished because of their disobedience to God. When Adam and Eve sinned against God they were punished (Gen 3: 15-19; Isaiah 3: 11-26; Amos 3: 2)

However, God in his loving kindness still handles our sin in a positive way by:

1. Forgiving sin: He forgives the sin of those who genuinely repent, because he is a merciful God Ex 34: 6-71 John 1: 9

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2. Removing sin: He also removes our sins and makes us justified to stand before his throne of grace (Psalm 103: 8-12)

3. Putting sin behind his back: He also forgives our sins and puts them behind his back and completely forgives them when we repent from them (Isaiah 38:17)

4. By casting away our sins: when God forgives us our sins he casts them totally away into a place where he would never remember them any more. (Maiah 7:19)

5. By blotting out our sins: To blot out our sins is to hide them away completely from God's sight. When we are forgiven, the original sins we committed no longer stare at us in the face; they are taken away from us (Isaiah 44:22)

6. By forgetting our sins: When he forgives us, he does not dwell on our past records or life; they are totally forgotten. (Jer. 31:34)

7. By allowing his son Jesus Christ to die for us: In our fallen and sinful state, he showed us love by allowing his son Jesus Christ to die for us even when we do not merit it. That action in itself shows how great the love and mercy he has for us are. (John 3:16; Romans 5: 8; 1 John 4:10)

We should see before God as a worthy father who shows us his love, mercy, kindness and forgiveness, but who would at the same time punish sins and displays his anger if we choose to live a life that does not please him.

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