Love The Sinner, Not The Sin
Love The Sinner
John 8:10-11 KJV
“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
The sick man by the Bethesda pool, the adulteress caught red-handed, a prostitute, Zaccheus, the publicans and sinners, and the list continues. What do these people have in common?
The answer is, they were all sinners as affirmed and mentioned in the Bible.
What else do they have in common? Answer, Jesus spoke to them and showed them kindness. He even ate with some of them, such as with Zaccheus. He let them come near Him. In the case of that prostitute, He even let her touch Him! Oh the scandal!
Aside from the hypocritical Pharisees, Sadducees and various religious leaders, Jesus for a fact received all sinners. Them which were judged and condemned by afore-mentioned religious heads as doomed souls, were received by the Lord Jesus.
Now, here is an important point to meditate on: if you don’t read the Bible and perceive the many reasons behind Jesus’ actions, you could be guilty of misunderstanding Him. You could even be guilty of misinterpreting the Holy Scriptures pertaining to Jesus and the sinners.
And if you think that that is all there is to it, that it is all about accepting people unconditionally, then you might blindly do as you think Jesus did, having a shallow understanding or low expectations of an end-result. Provided that there is even an end-result apart from you not wanting to be offensive and to appear as a good person.
Why did Jesus sit and ate with these sinners? For that matter, why did He allow them to be near Him, to be in His personal space? Why did He enter their house and talked with them?
And why, in certain cases, did He even defend them against over-zealous, religious nuts? Pardon my language.
The answer is, He loved them. Yes, it is no mystery but indeed the whole Truth: Jesus loved and still loves the sinners. It was the reason for His Sacrifice on the Cross at Calvary, after all.
Romans 5:8 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
So let’s get this very important Truth front and center first: Jesus loves sinners.
Not The Sin
Now here is an equally very important Truth: Jesus did not love their sins.
In case the verse at the topmost is still unclear, here are a few more which showcase this Truth:
John 5:14 KJV
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
Luke 19:8-10 KJV
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke 7:47-48 KJV
“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.”
There are more. Just follow the stories of these former sinners and see the Truth.
Jesus loved them so much and did not want them to perish in their sins. He received them, but he did not accept their sins as an unconditional part of them. The Savior knew the sins will drag them down literally into Hell, to damn them into everlasting Death.
Yes, dear ones, Hell do indeed exist and it is not that ‘cool and badass’ place the various media platforms are promoting it as. Hell as the Bible reveals it is a dark, tormenting place where satan rules and he will not share his crown or throne with anyone, not with his demons and certainly not with humans who are his sworn enemies.
And Save The Sinner
And so, the Lord Messiah was not shy in letting these sinners know that they are sinning sinners who sinned. Jesus told it as it is, but speaking the Truth in Love. He did not condemn or judge, but He was direct in giving the facts. The Lord was not afraid to offend because He was not an offensive Person. He was thoughtful, truthful and loving in giving the facts as God commanded it.
Yes, it is quite possible to speak the Truth without condemning or judging a person. Speak it with Love, and compromise not with sins. There is no conflict.
What was the end-result? Each and every one of these sinners repented of their sins, and gave their lives over to Jesus. They sinned no more. The Lord forgave them as only He could, and He made them new creatures in Christ. They became saints, and they were sinners no more.
So, love the sinners but not the sins. Help them get rid of the sins which are dragging them down into eternal damnation. Let them find eternal life with the Savior, instead, hallelujah.