Love People. Hate Sin

Posted on September 30, 2013

I have a love / hate relationship with the phrase “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

A lot of people think it’s a quote from the Bible, but it’s not.  The concepts are there (kinda), but not the quote itself.  Now don’t get me wrong, I think there is a lot of good in this idea, but what I don’t like is how much it feels like a pointed finger.  It’s like what we are really saying is, “love THAT sinner and hate HIS sin.”

But here’s the deal: we are all that sinner and we all sin.  That’s why I prefer this little nuance:

Love People

Hate Sin

Following the example of God who “so loved the world he gave his only son,” (John 3:16), let’s be the most loving people in the world. Let’s be known for love (John 13:35, Matthew 5:43-48).

But let’s call sin what it is…sin.  It’s destructive and it damages relationships with God and people.  And when I say sin, above all, I mean MY SIN.  It’s not just THAT sinner and HIS sin, it’s ME and MY sin. (1 John 1:8)

Here’s snippet from my teaching this weekend at Riv where I hit on this idea more:


You can download the entire message, along with Life Group notes, here.

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