Over and over again, the the New Testament talks about how important loving one another is. We aren’t expected to be perfect, we are expected to love. Many times in the Epistles, it seems as if the authors do in fact want the readers to be perfect: to give up earthly pleasures, to believe in Jesus, to follow God, etc. But when I allow the Bible to interpret the Bible, I can see that love and grace always take precedence. Yes, we will sin: but pay attention to how much you can love, not how much you have sinned. Yes, you deserve punishment for sin, but look how much God loves you and how gracious God is willing to be. The story of the New Testament is one of God’s love for us, with the hope that we will be inspired to love each other in turn.