Sin means straying from God’s path, from the way that leads to life and joy and peace. That path is what we were created for. Straying from it leads us away from God, and often to pain…
God is like a loving parent who watches as His children walk away from the path He wants us on. He doesn’t like to see His children sin because He knows that sin can hurt us and others and can rob us of the joy He wants us to have. He knows that sin can separate us from Him, and He grieves over that separation. Still, He doesn’t stop loving us. He doesn’t tell us how much He hates us or how much He hates what we do. He keeps beckoning and wooing us [back to His path], reminding us of His love.
-- Adam Hamilton in The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus