The Truth About Loving The Sinner and Hating The Sin
Please allow me to direct you to a passage in the New Testament that does quite truthfully show Jesus Loving the Sinner and Hating the sin. John Chapter 8: 1- 10. Here you will find Jesus in the Temple teaching. He is teaching the words of His Father to the people that came to him.. When amidst His teaching some scribes and Pharisees came and brought a woman forcibly to stand in front of Jesus. She had committed adultery and had actually been caught in the act so there was no question of her innocence. This sin she had allowed herself to commit had caused her to be brought in front of Jesus, The Son of God. Under The Law Of Moses she should be stoned and the scribes and Pharisees wanted to tempt Jesus into making a statement against the Law of Moses so they could accuse Him. But to their utter horror He told them that the one without sin should cast the first stone. I can imagine her fear. Death by stoning was a common consequence to sin in the bible. How frightened she must have been. And then to hear Jesus say “the one without sin throw the first stone” she must have been very afraid because the accusers were held in high esteem in the community and there was no defense because they had proven she was guilty by actually catching her in the act. But when confronted if they had any sin in them they were convicted by it and the passage says they started leaving one by one, but notably the eldest left first. Jesus had love for this sinner. He knew she was guilty. But when everyone had left He simply asked her where her accusers were and stated that no one had condemned her. This is a very beautiful Story about how Jesus loved the sinner, but being The Son Of God he knew she was guilty and showed mercy and love towards her.
This is where everyone likes to stop. It is such a perfect story about God’s love for sinners. Now we all know since Jesus knew she had committed the sin and because he had no sin in Him he could have thrown that first stone. If he had decided to prove to the scribes and Pharisees that He knew there was no sin in Him He could have picked up that first stone and they would have fallen suit and this story would have had a tragic ending.
Have you ever thought about the fact? He could have thrown that first stone! He was sinless. But He came to the world to give life not take it away. His love for this sinner was so she could have another chance at life. You see that is why He came and died for our sins. So that we could repent and ask for forgiveness and through His Blood have another chance at a more abundant life. Aha! A more abundant life?
But you must read every word He spoke to her to know what God expects after you have sinned and been given forgiveness. The last five words are the key to true forgiveness. He said Go and sin no more. In John 8: 10- 11 When Jesus had lifted Himself up, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? She said, no man,Lord. And Jesus said unto her Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.
Go and sin no more. There is a transformation that takes place after you have truly been forgiven of your sins and those five words should be hidden in every Christian’s heart and be the very guide they live by from the moment of forgiveness until we Stand before God on Judgment Day. But we are sinners. and It does not tell what happened to this woman but, speculations have been made that she is the woman who took the expensive perfume and anointed Jesus with it when his time had almost come, although the woman who did the anointing has been thought to be Mary of Bethany and even Mary Magdalene. The composites of that woman all lead to the conclusion that this was the prostitute he had forgiven. I can actually see that happening. If Jesus were to stand in front of me and I had only the Law of Moses at that time to be judged by and yet He forgave me through love. Yes, I believe I would follow him for the rest of my days on Earth.
This composite shows us the transformation she went through when she repented and did what Jesus said to do, go and sin no more! We as humans know that we falter daily but when Jesus forgave her of prostitution she changed her life. She honored him by taking an expensive perfume and using every drop and anointing him with it. Anointing someone with expensive perfume was a high honor and she was giving it to the man that had forever changed her life. She even went beyond that and did something exceptional. She took her long hair and actually dried his feet. Yes, this woman’s life was changed forever. Did she go and sin no more? Well as Christians with only the bible to guide us and our own human experiences the chance of that is unlikely. Everyone of us in some way sin everyday.
But you can be sure that the drying of Jesus’s feet with her hair makes it seem as she already knew the Holiness of this man. She did not go back to prostitution. Her life altering experience where Jesus spared her life changed the desires of her heart and mind. She left not ever wanting to sin again. That is Transformation.
Now Jesus also visited other sinners. Zacchaeus the tax collector, found in Luke 19: 1-10, was not liked by the people that knew him at all. He had cheated everyone and had a wonderful life living off the backs of others. Then Jesus came straight to him when he entered the village and said He wanted to stay with him at his house that day. Zacchaeus was completely surprised. He immediately repented of the wrongs he had committed and was such a changed man he said those he had cheated he would give four times back what he had taken. That is Transformation, Zacchaeus’s never went back to living as he had before Jesus came and he repented of His sins.
When Christ was judged they found no sin in Him but he was still beaten, and even made to carry his own cross to Golgotha, and they crucified Him on that cross. As a child when they first told me of them nailing a nail through His hands and feet I was horrified. A couple of years before I learned about Jesus’s Crucifixion, I had stepped on a long nail that almost came out of the top of my foot. I remembered how bad that had hurt and as a child with only childlike knowledge of what pain felt like my heart hurt so bad for Him. Just knowing they nailed him to the cross and the pain it caused for me to just step on a nail then to try to fathom how much more He suffered for my sins is more than I can ever comprehend even now as an adult.
Because now I am a little more educated on how a person is crucified. They nailed him not with a nail like the one that went almost all the way through my foot, they nailed him to that wooden cross with spikes. The death he died for our sins was utterly unimaginable for the human mind to actually comprehend because God has never let anyone withstand what Jesus took upon himself for our sins. Myself I think the most excruciating pain He felt was when he had the sins of the whole world on Him and His Father God, could not even look upon him. He shouted My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me? For three hours there was Darkness all over the land. I believe during those three hours was when He bore the sins of the world. I cannot even imagine always having lived in the Light of the Glory of God to then be totally alone in that darkness. Out of all the torture he went through it was those three hours he was alone with the sins of the world on Him,that I believe he suffered the most .
They went to Pilate and asked if they could go ahead and take Jesus down because at dusk the Sabbath day would come and they would need to have him buried before then by Jewish Law. The guards were ordered to break the legs of the men to make sure they were dead and then they could be taken down but when the guards came to Jesus they did not break his bones because they saw he was already dead. Still one guard with a spear plunged it into Jesus’s side and blood and water flowed out. I am interjecting an opinion here but to me that always symbolized that through his blood He became The Living Water. They buried him in a tomb cut out of stone it was new and no one had been buried there before Jesus.
Now Jesus said he would raise up and live again in three days and the Pharisees went to Pilate and informed him of this and told him they thought that his disciples would steal the body to make everyone think that he was alive again and asked for the tomb to be secured. They did this by rolling a huge stone in front of the tomb having a seal put upon it and left Roman guards to watch it. On the third day the women were allowed to go and properly prepare the body for burial, but when they got there this Angel descended rolled away the stone and told them Jesus was not there that He was Alive, the Roman soldiers were so afraid they shook until they lay like dead men. The Angel told them to go quickly and tell the others that he had went to Galilee. The first people to see Jesus alive and well were the women and they fell at his feet holding him and Worshiping him.
Then he gathered with his disciples and gave them the Great Commission which was to go and teach all nations in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit baptizing them and teaching them all that he had taught them. Over 500 people saw Jesus alive and well during the time he stayed with his disciples and lingered on Earth. That is actually recorded not only in the bible but in History also. The message has been spread throughout the world, but He said to the ends of the Earth.
Proverbs 27:7 Says A satisfied Soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry Soul every bitter thing is sweet. You might think that this is talking about being satisfied in all ways but this is referring to Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Understand here the hunger is for Righteousness. Not for what makes a person happy. Because a hungry soul will take every bitter thing and count it as sweet. Pretty much if you truly are hungry for God you take it all. The Bitter as well as the sweet. We can satisfy our soul with sins and the Righteousness will be avoided like the honeycomb. But a true Christian hungers for God and even the hard trials are counted as sweet. If you want to have a true relationship with God the way to do that is to repent and go and sin no more.
The debate about homosexual marriage is really null and void. In Romans 1: 18-32 God Himself says this is perverse, unholy,and ungodly. He says it makes a mockery of His creation. Hate the sin and love the sinner. Have the people guilty of the sin of homosexuality repented and turned from their sins? Have they turned from this sin and gone and sinned no more?
No they have chosen to revel in it. They have made it a Lifestyle, they even got that lifestyle protected by the laws of men Every Homosexual or anyone going against God’s Natural plan is committing a sin worthy death. God even says in verse 32 that the people that accept this lifestyle are giving approval to it and are also committing a sin worthy of death. Why is this sin protected?
What about pornography? It is another protected and openly reveled in sin but 1 John 2: 16 says “For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life-is not from the Father but is of the world.
In the end days wickedness will be rampant and accepting sins worthy of death that God says Mocks His very Creation is pure wickedness and evil. Are any repenting and turning away from that sin? Where are the sinners that Jesus Loves? The ones who repent and sin no more?
Christians are faced with litigation because they want no part of it. They do not want God to think they are giving their approval and thereby committing a sin against God that is worthy of death. The Christians that sin and repent and go and sin no more they are the sinners that Jesus Loves.
There are 613 commandments God gives in the first five books of the bible, Not to put the word of God to the test is one of those 613. Luke 4: 12 it says And Jesus saying unto him, it is said, Thou Shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. But if people are committing these sins allowed and protected by the world and do not repent and seek to change their ways is indeed testing God’s word.
Not to take away any commandment is actually a commandment. So humans can not go through the bible and pick and choose which sins they will not do and ones they will ignore. Sin is sin. God declares what sin is over and over again in His Holy Word. He is never faltering in what He deems as sin.
Think about the sins we all commit each day. If we chose to live in those sins and not change our ways we would be a barbaric people. Some people who do not know God’s Word already are. God states that you will be made new in Christ. That through Christ Jesus you can have everlasting life. All you have to do is repent, have faith, and try not to sin against God.
He also gives us this promise when we face the sins that overwhelm us and it seems like we cannot stop ourselves God just simply says:
For the LORD thy GOD will hold thy right hand, saying fear not I will help thee.