I was going to put up a picture of some sort that said hate the sin, not the sinner. Well, I saw this and felt it was very true for, well, everybody. There are way too many of us (Yes, US, I include me in this) that look at others and say, well, I hate that sin they are committing or committed, but I love the sinner. Now, it is not wrong to hate sin, and definitely not wrong to love the sinner, but I saw this and it was kind of eye opening. I see this saying, not only what is written, but that it somewhat implies to me that there is judging going on when we start hating others’ sins. If we are busy judging, we are busy being wrong. Seems Mr Lowry kind of says, maybe we better worry about keeping ourselves in order and not others. Yup, makes sense too. Yet, there are way more out there that enjoy hating the sin (many times hating the sinner as well, but pretend to be criticizing them out of Christian love.)
I will be honest, it is an easy trap to fall into and hard to get out of once trapped. We see the sin, we judge the sinner by default. Now, some is genuine concern, but often it is out of spite, hatred, jealousy, any number of causes. We have all seen others sin, others have seen us sin. But, no one has to answer for another persons sins. Now, seems we need to just love, not hate. No, we don’t have to love the sin, but we don’t have to feed the hatred either. But, sadly, there are those that enjoy hating, many professing to be outstanding Christian, some even fooling themselves and others of that, but hating the sin and the sinner. But, I reckon that is not for me to decide, hating is a sin, and that is for God to deal with, put conviction in their hearts and let them suffer the consequences if the go on about life ignoring those convictions.
I ignored convictions of my own sins while being worried about those of others.
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. I John 2:11
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. I John 3:15
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? I John 4:20
So, I think Mr Lowry is correct, don’t hate another’s sins, hate your own. Love the sinner. No, don’t love the sin, but don’t waste your time and effort hating someone else’s sin, let them do that themselves.
Lord, I praise You and glorify you. I thank You for the instructions You provide me so that I can improve my walk with You. I as that You continue to work on me as there is so much more that needs done. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones, help them all improve their own walks with You and draw those not walking with You closer so they walk as You wish they walk.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope everyone is a blessing to someone. Please share if you feel it will help someone else. As always, it helped me understand me and my areas of needed improvement so I can better walk with Christ.