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Should we love sinners but hate sin?



For many Christians, the phrase “love sinners, hate sin” is a cliché. We have to keep in mind, however, that this is an admonition to us imperfect people. The difference between God and us in terms of love and hate is enormous. Even as Christians we do not remain perfectly in our humanity, one could also say that it is “human” among Christians as well. Hence, we cannot love perfectly, but neither can we hate perfectly (i.e. without hating malice and resentment). But God can do both perfectly because He is God. God can hate without sinful intent. Hence, He can hate sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still be ready to forgive everything with love at the moment when a sinner repents and trusts (Malachi 1: 3; Revelation 2: 6; 2 Peter 3 , 9).

The Bible teaches us every doubt that God is love. 1 John 4: 8-9 says: “He who does not love does not know God; because God is love. In it the love of God appeared among us, that God sent his only begotten Son into the world that we should live through him. ”Mysterious but true is the fact that God can perfectly love and hate a person at the same time. That means He can love someone He created and redeemed, just as He can hate him for his unbelief and sinful lifestyle. We, as imperfect people, cannot do that; hence we must remind ourselves to "love sinners, to hate sin".

But how exactly does it work? We hate sin by not participating in and disapproving of it when we see it. Sin should be hated, not excused, or taken lightly. We love sinners by bringing them closer to Jesus Christ and His forgiveness. A real sign of love is treating someone with respect and kindness, even if he / she knows that you are not in favor of his / her lifestyle and decisions. It is not loving when we allow a person to get stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person that he / she is sinning. Just the opposite is true. We love the sinner by telling him the truth in love. We hate sin by not condoning, ignoring, or apologizing for it. English



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Should we love sinners but hate sin?
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