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Half Truths - Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin
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Half Truths – Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye’, when you can’t see past the long in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

  • Jesus never said love the sinner nor hate the sin
  • The problem with that statement is it’s really hard for you not to harm the sinner
    • It’s hard for us to say “I love you” but I hate what you do because a lot of people associate that with who they are
    • A lot of times we become judgmental rather than grace filled
  • In order to understand this half-truth we have to understand what sin is
    • It’s missing the mark
    • Straining away from the path
    • Sin can be applied to a thought, an action, or to an action that was not committed
    • To know to do good and not do good is still a sin
    • We sin with our thoughts as soon as we wake up
  • We need Grace

Romans 3:23

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

  • We all sin and none of us have a perfect life
  • We all fall short of the glory of God
  • We need God’s grace
  • No all sin is equal
    • Over eating is a sin, you know you’re not hungry but you still eat, the consequence is that you hurt yourself by over eating
    • Over consumption of alcohol and getting in a car, that sin is worse because you put other people in danger
    • Not all offences are equal

1 John 5:16-17

“If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.”

  • Not every sin leads to death
  • Some sins have different consequences
  • Jesus tell us not to put ourselves in a situation where we will sin
  • Sin is a serious issue because the wages of sin is death
  • Jesus says be careful how you think because a lot of your thinking will lead to an action
  • We need to guard our minds
  • Jesus never said “love the sinner” He said “love your neighbor”
    • We are not supposed to look at people like sinners, we’re supposed to look at people as our neighbor
    • Your neighbor may be someone you’ve never met
    • Loving means doing something good
    • When you give/donate you are showing love to your neighbor
    • You don’t have to like everyone but you do have to love them
    • Loving your neighbor means you will be kind, respectful and not fish anyone harm
  • Jesus also said “love your enemies”
    • When you love your enemies you change the system of the world
    • If you do “an eye for an eye” the world will eventually become bling
    • People that don’t treat you the way you treat them, Jesus wants you to live them
  • Jesus never said love the sinner, He said love your neighbor and your enemies because it was understood that they were all sinners
    • He never wants you to focus on someone’s sin rather the fact that you have to love your neighbor and your enemy
    • Be careful when you focus on some else’s sin and you forget to look at you own
    • When you say “love the sinner you are focusing on that persons sin, we are not meant to focus on someone’s sin, we are meant to focus on our own sin and eradicated it from our life so we can get closer to Him
  • We focus on other people’s sin that we ignore our own mess, our own sin, our own drama then we try to preach something that were not living, that is not of God, that is hypocritical and that is the only time that Jesus will get mad at you, because instead of loving your neighbor you’re judging.
  • Jesus never said hate the sin
    • Jesus hung out with sinners
    • When Jesus would speak to them He would tell them about God’s forgiveness not their sim
    • When Jesus encounters sinners He doesn’t speak to or about their sin, He speaks about the possibility of what they can become
    • You will never hear Jesus say He is disappointed in you, what you will hear Him say is “I love you”
  • Jesus never said love the sinner, He says “love your neighbor”
  • Jesus never said I hate the sin, He says “I love who you are and what you can be and who you can become”
  • The bible says God chooses to forgive our sin
  • We are called to love people the ways Jesus does
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