We’ve all heard this said from time to time. There are many people taking up sides on this saying. Some claim it’s not biblical while others say it’s what we as Christians should be doing. Well here is my two cents, plus a lot of bible backup. This is not only biblical, it’s the heart and mind of God.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
First, let’s ask ourselves “what is sin?” Simply put, being willfully disobedient to the law and the will of God. There are two kinds of sin we need to recognize going forward in this. One is accidental sin. You’re doing some home remodeling or you’re out driving from point A to point B just minding you’re own business. Then, in the blink of an eye, you bring that hammer down on your thumb or someone fails to notice a red light and almost causes an accident. At that moment, you let fly some choice words that are not very nice. We’ve all been there but it’s not something we were planning to do. It was a slip that we ask forgiveness for almost immediately. As we get closer to Jesus, these accidents will become few and far between but since we are still human, they will crop up. The other sin is intentional sin. This is a well thought out plan. You make these choices willingly and do things you know are not pleasing to God. Intentional sin is what we are focusing on here.
When I was in my early twenties, I would go out with my friends. Nothing strange about that. My dad would take me aside from time to time and try to point out the “road blocks” as he called them. The things I might do that will lead to nothing but trouble. I told him that I’d rather fall in the ditches and learn that way then learning from his past mistakes. I was misguided. It was a few years later that I went back to him and apologized for not listening and taking his advice. As my father, he loved me enough to try and show me the pitfalls in the world. When I did fail, he never stopped loving me but he was not happy with what I did. He loved me, not my mistakes. That’s how God sees us and that’s how we should treat other Christians when they stray and opt to go the wrong way.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Our sins keep up separated from God. In Romans 1:29-32, Paul gives the most wide-ranging list of sins in the bible. These verses demonstrate the scope of the worlds corruption, and while the world tries to rationalize their sins, in verse 32, Paul lets us know that God is a righteous judge and will abhor such things. I know there is a large group of people who don’t want to think that God would ever do that. They want to cling to the notion that God is a giant cosmic hippie that sits around and sends out waves of love. As long as we all hold hands and sing kum ba yah it’ll be alright. These people want to believe this because they want to try to justify their sins. If all God wants us to do is love, then He wouldn’t care what we do, as long as we love people. This is not the truth.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
God does love us, but our sin gets in the way. A way that has been made clear, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. So, while we are choosing to reject Gods will for us, He still loved us enough, to send His son, to be a perfect sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven and we would turn away from sin and be reconciled to Him.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
I think it’s clear that God sent His son so we could be free from sin. He loves us but not the sin we live in. Sound familiar?
Now, lets look at the other half of this saying. “What is love?”
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This is it. The one verse that can put Gods love for us in prospective. God doesn’t want any of us to go without Him. His love for us is far beyond what we can think or imagine. The sacrifice He made demonstrates the vastness of His love and how much He wants us to be reconciled to Him. While God wants everyone to come to Him, so they may know the full extent of His love, most will either reject Him or defend their sins with some form of self-righteousness, claiming they, not God, are able to work out their own sins.
Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
As Christians, we should show our love for each other. Not just by reaching out to help those in need of physical things, but also to help with spiritual needs. From the very beginning, Jesus’ ministry was about the Kingdom of Heaven, using signs and miracles to point to Himself. While He taught us to care for, help and love others, His true focus was making sure we would be with Him after this life was over. The only way to do that, is through repentance and turning to God. If we truly love our fellow man, then we should do whatever we can to free those enslaved in sin and bring them to the truth of God. By doing this we show that we understand that this world is temporary, and not a place we want to settle down in.
So go out today and love people. All people. Be a blessing to someone. But hate their sin enough to pull them out of the darkness and into the light of Gods truth.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and He will give you everything you need.