Christ loved us while we were still sinners, the admission of sin is no longer crushing. It is healing. For if we believe that Christ’s love is stronger than our sins, then to explore the depth of our sinfulness is to explore the even greater depth of divine love. And, to explore the depths of divine love is to better appreciate the darkness of sin—since our sins have been committed against so loving a Father. And so the experience of sin and the experience of divine love grow together. They are directly proportional, as the tax collector saw; not inversely proportion, as the Pharisee feared.