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. 

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