For each of us there is one person who we always forgive every time they do something wrong.
There is one person who we always give the benefit of the doubt.
There is one person who we always judge with their intentions in mind rather than just their actions.
There is one person who we continue loving, even when they sin. We hate this person’s sin, yet we keep loving them.
There is one person who we always wish to be happy.
There is one person who we always wish the good for.
Who is this person? Who else but ourselves. Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Of course the word neighbor includes both our friends and our enemies, as was illustrated in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. So how do you love your neighbor? Just insert them as the “one person” described in all the sentences above.
It is absolutely possible to hate the sin and love the sinner. We do it every single day, with ourselves. We just need to extend that to all those around us.
This article was used with the permission of www.toughquestionsanswered.org, and was published by Bill Pratt on June 18, 2012.