"There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
"And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
"Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged." (John 7: 41-43)
This account left me to wonder, "Is there not a better way to love Christ deeper without having to perform a worse sin and undergo greater repentance?" I didn't like the idea that we would have to commit greater sins in order to truly love Christ even deeper. I began thinking about how I personally could come closer to Christ in different ways.
The reason greater sin and greater debt allow you to love more is because the Atonement is being used more. It brings you closer to Christ because He has done even more to save you and and you become more indebted to him, yet he frees you of all that debt. The gratitude for salvation feeds the love you have for Him who saves you.
Coming to that conclusion of why a person being forgiven of a greater debt loves more led me to understand that it's the use of the Atonement that deepens that love, not the sin committed and forgiven. Using the Atonement brings us closer to Christ; it opens our hearts to Christ and allows us to trust Him completely, relying wholly on Him to save us. We get to know Him and feel His love for us and we begin reciprocate that love as our hearts are softened and given to Christ.
We should learn to use the Atonement everyday, whether it be through seeking forgiveness for sin, gaining strength to do the things we can't do on our own, serving others, or just striving to be more like Christ. We can all love Him more, just by using the greatest gift He gave us more often and more fully.