I can be a pretty prideful person. Especially when it comes to my sisters.
See, whenever they do something wrong, I feel it is my duty to inform them of it. I mean, my parent’s can’t catch everything!
In my sin, I enjoy getting them in trouble, bossing them around and snapping rude comments when they don’t listen to me.
When they sin, it’s so hard to love them because I would rather get the satisfaction of pointing out their wrongdoing.
Don’t we all do this sometimes? It’s so hard to love somebody when you know they’re sinning.
So how can we push our pride aside and love others?
1. YOU’RE A SINNER TOO
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?Matthew 7:3
This verse is so annoying, isn’t it? It reminds us of our sin, which is never a comfortable thing.
We’re all sinners. And the pride that gives me the urge to point out her sin, is sin.
Instead of fixating on the sin of others, look at your own heart. It’s not your job to take care of their sin. Take your sin to the Lord, and repent of your pride.
2. GOD STILL LOVES YOU
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
When we realize the weight of our sin, the fact that God loves us becomes incredible. It should shift things in our lives.
Like how we love others.
I can love others, even when they sin, because I sinned against a Holy God and he still loves me.
The joy from knowing God loves us despite our sin should overflow into a love for others.
Not loving others because of their sin is really crazy when you think about it. We are sinners, but God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die for us! And yet we can’t love others because of their sin?
3. so lOVE THEM EARNESTLY
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8
The other day, while arguing with my sister, I realized something. I wanted to be friends with her more than I wanted to tell her she was sinning. My love for her outweighed my pride.
This was a new experience and it stuck in my mind.
My love for my others shouldn’t be based on whether they are doing right or not.
With the Lord’s help, we can love others well.
Love them in a way that looks past their sin because of the weight of our own, and that loves them earnestly because we have been loved.
7 thoughts on “Why You Can Love Sinners”
Beautiful transparency and insight McKinley. God is most certainly pleased with your heart and thank you for sharing your reflections. We would all do well to remember this verse daily.
Yes, wouldn’t our lives look so much different if we remembered this verse? I’m glad you liked it 🙂
Love this, McKinley. You have written truth clearly, honestly.
Amen, McKinley! It’s so easy to point out others sins just because it’s easier looking at others. However, we must remember that we sin, too. No on on this Earth is perfect! Only God is. We must love others, for He loved us first. Yes, it’s very hard to do. Very hard! But, that is something we can bring to the Lord in prayer. He hears us. ❤
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Yes. Ahhhhh this post was so good and such a good reminder that we are all sinners but God still loves us💛
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