Love the Sinner - October 10, 2019

The catchphrase “hate the sin and love the sinner” fits nicely on a bumper sticker, but how do we embed the principle in our hearts?  Maybe these ideas will help.

Reserve judgment.  Let every person you meet be a new person in your mind.  None of this labeling or preconceived notions.  Listening is a healing balm for raw emotions.  Happiness happens, not by fixing people, but by accepting people and entrusting them into the care of God.  Jesus did this.

Resist the urge to shout.  It’s better to keep quiet and keep a friend than to be loud and lose one.  Besides, “They are God’s servants, not yours.  They are responsible to him, not to you …” (Romans 14:4).

Let’s reason together.  Let’s work together.  And if discussion fails, let love succeed.  This is how happiness happens.