According to the book of Romans in the NT, sin is not a list of unacceptable behaviors, it’s embedded in our nature. It’s like this: A friend of mine is a pastor who, early in his marriage, started having kids. People in the congregation tried to care for this new family, but one person brought over some toys for his kids that were hand-me-downs. Some hand-me-downs are great. My son is 11 and we have yet to buy him a shirt. It's good not to be the oldest cousin.
But some-hand-me-downs are actually just throw-me-outs, and people who are waste-not-want-nots think churches are beggers-not-choosers, so that’s where they dump their someone’s-treasure that was pretty much just everyone’s-trash.
So, a family gave him hand-me-down toys, one of which was an 8-note xylophone with one of the keys missing. He asked me, “Do they want my kids to grow up tone deaf?” That xylophone was never going to play right. You couldn’t sing do-re-mi with that thing because there was no "fa."
The doctrine of sin isn’t like a xylophone player who isn’t good at it and makes mistakes; it’s like a xylophone player who is missing some keys. No matter how good they might become, they'll never be able to play it exactly right.
So, you and I are not sometimes sinful, we were born broken. Which just tells you how loving Jesus is. No kid at the store is going to pick up the xylophone that's missing keys. You and I are that toy, but Jesus picked us anyway.
He picked us and in his supernatural power, he restores us. But make sure you get this; He restores us because he loves us. He doesn’t love us because we can be restored. He loves us first.
Most of us think it’s the other way around – he’ll love us when he’s done with us. No. He restores us because he loved us first.
"And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).