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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part II

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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part II

“God is love.”

And God’s people will forever be those truly marked by and saturated with love. There is no way around this. And they are people of every type - every nation, every tribe, and every tongue - but what they have in common is this: God’s people take on God’s nature. And if “God’s people” devise ways to not love, if they scheme in their hearts these evasions and excuses and deceptions over what God is like and expects them to be… If they delude themselves into thinking they can remain unchanged at the core, that they can somehow represent God while fundamentally avoiding God's character… They cannot in any rational sense claim to be "God's people."

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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part I

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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part I

If we allow hate to sit alongside love, thinking we can perfectly compartmentalize the two, we will inevitably find that it does not work. Hate trumps love, because love will not share its bed and sell out. Love will not be bullied or compromised or mistaken. Love will not be treated as secondary to its exact opposite. And we should not be surprised at how easy it is for us to relinquish the place of love in our hearts when we’re so hung up on keeping room for hate in there.

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