Stay True To What We Have Heard
Read Proverbs Chapter 8
Pr 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
There is an old saying – “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” There are some today who are trying to prevent people from believing it. Their reasoning is that it is impossible to separate the two, thereby impossible to live out. I beg to differ. There are numerous scripture passages which instruct the believer to hate sin. There may be an equal number of scriptures which compel us to love the sinner. This word from Proverbs is very clear; we must hate sin. The believer cannot live in an evil world, witnessing all of the sadness and destruction which lays by in the wake of evil works, and not hate sin.
How can we see the proliferation of sexual sin, perhaps even more prevalent within the heterosexual community than within the homosexual community, and not perceive the harm it has done and continues to do to society. We need not name any of the evidence of destruction we see in our society’s “anything goes” attitude toward sexual sin.
Here are a few other scriptures which command us to hate sin:
Ps 97:10 Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for He guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Am 5:15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.
Jude 1:22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
The passage from Jude actually gives us both sides of this issue. We demonstrate our love for sinners by ‘snatching them from the fire and save them,’ while at the same time we ‘hate even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.’
There is an inverse application to this thought. We should also love ourselves and at the same time hate our own sin. I suspect that most of us have no problem hating our sin. The man or woman who has the Holy Spirit living within will always hate his or her sin. However, there are many SSA men and women who have great trouble loving themselves. Maybe that is why we don’t always do a good job loving the sinner and hating the sin. Perhaps we need to learn to love ourselves; then it will be easier to love others.
But above all else, we must always hate sin, no matter whether it is our own or the sins of others. There can be no question, no argument, no denying this fact; we are to love the sinner and at the same time hate all sin.
Prayer: Father, again we ask that You help us. The world keeps asking us to ignore Your word. Their argument sounds right, but it just doesn’t conform to Your word.