Thoughts about the Phrase “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

The phrase “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” gives me all the feels. It brings me back to evangelical world during my teen years.

1.Have you ever used this phrase with others? What was the outcome?

Yes, I have used the phrase with others. Honestly, I became more bitter and hateful towards people. I couldn’t seem to separate the sin from the sinner.

2. How would you define “sin” today? How did you define it earlier in your life?

If I remember correctly my former christian counselor described sin as a misguided intention. This softened my heart. This didn’t cause me to condone sin. But this definition helped me not to be so harsh toward others who sinned.

3. Is it possible to love a person and hate their sin?

I think it is possible to be deeply saddened by the choices of the world. You still lift people up in prayer and have compassion on them.

 

4 thoughts on “Thoughts about the Phrase “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

  1. 1.Have you ever used this phrase with others? What was the outcome?

    I don’t think this is a phrase that should be used in speaking with the lost. It would bring out more hatred. It’s an idea we should apply to our own lives as Christians. We should be sorrowful to see people lost in sin but like Jesus, we should “have compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Does a parent stop loving their child when they disobey? no. They are disappointed but they still love them. With those outside our physical family, it may be hard to even care about them but our hearts should break when they defy God.

    2. How would you define “sin” today? How did you define it earlier in your life?

    Sin had not changed. People have probably become more defiant, but sin is sin. I believe just as our Church believes …

    “Sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death by sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds: original sin or depravity, and actual or personal sin.

    a. original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is very far gone from original righteousness

    b. actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person.

    3. Is it possible to love a person and hate their sin?

    With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Through His Spirit, we can love the sinner without loving what he does.

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  2. I agreed with your thoughts here. It’s difficult to separate the sin from the sinner, especially when it’s not a random act, but a lifestyle. I have chosen to focus on love. Period. So much of what we think we should control is ultimately God’s responsibility. We’re called to love.

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