The problem with holiness is that it God is perfectly separated from sin and that our sin separates us from him. We are called to be perfect, but we cannot be. That creates a serious problem for us. God is holy, we are not, yet God has not rejected us because of his great love for us.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 jn 4.8
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Peter Jeffery, Bitesize Theology (Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2000), 20.
God’s love lead him to act for the benefit of a sinful people and that love compels us love him and others. We love others because the one whom we love, loves them.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.