Friday, July 25, 2014

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

To hate the sin and love the sinner is a balance. We love others as we allow God to love them through us. But this doesn’t mean we condone, accept, embrace, or tolerate sin. Freedom in Christ is not fighting for the right to sin in the name of freedom. It is freedom from the law of sin because of the grace of God. We are not to use our freedom in Christ to fulfill the sinful desires of the flesh. That is a contradiction of the freedoms we have. 

We are becoming a society immune to right and wrong, and sins are now worn as a badge of honor.  We are told to overlook sin in the name of love. I disagree. Love the sinner, but hate the sin. 

The more I seek God and the deeper my relationship with Him grows, the more I see my own shortcomings. Or let’s just call it my sin, for that’s what it is. I am disappointed with the things I do that I shouldn’t, and maybe more importantly the things I don’t do that I should. If I know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that is sin. 

I hate the sin in my own life. But I am unable to express the joy I have in knowing that while God hates my sin, He loves me. He loves me so much that He gave His only Son to pay the price for my sin. 

Hate the sin. Love the sinner. Hate the sin. Show the sinner God’s love. It doesn’t mean you accept the sin, just the sinner. It’s a tough balance, but all things are possible with God. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tolerance - In the Name of Love

Equality for all in the name of love, because God loves everyone the same.
Compassion for the sinner in the name of love, because none of us is without sin.
Forgiveness offered freely in the name of love, without a cost.
Embracing anything and everything in the name of love, a distortion of truth.
Kindness to others in the name of love is obedience, but without the truth it falls short.

The truth of God’s Word has been overshadowed in the name of love.
The truth of a God who loves us all the same, and who is Love.
The truth of a God who sent His Son to die for us in the name of love.
The truth of His Son who paid the price for all sin willingly in the name of love.
The truth of His Son who rose again so we could live in the name of love.

Equality for all in the name of love? God’s plan of redemption.
Compassion for the sinner in the name of love? God’s mercy and grace.
Forgiveness offered freely in the name of love? It cost Jesus His life.
Embracing anything else, even in the name of love, is deception.
Kindness to others is sharing the truth in the name of love and is our responsibility.

In the name of love, our country has slowly been blinded to the truth.
In the name of love, God’s love, we need to open our eyes.
In the name of love, we need to call a sin a sin while sharing God’s love for the sinner.
In the name of love, we need to open the Bible and place God first again. 
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord . . . in the name of love.