When we tell people God loves them, ‘but’ they’re sinners, what they hear is ‘God will only love me if I get my act together.’
Yes, we are sinners. That reality should never be ignored or underplayed. But qualifying every statement about love and grace with a ‘yeah, but’ about sin is like interrupting a team’s victory parade to remind everyone that they lost some games during the season, too.
Sometimes grace needs to take an uninterrupted victory lap through our lives.