“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

On July 14, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 7:1-5.

1 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

It’s funny how often we hear the words “Love the sinner, hate the sin” and think we are quoting Jesus. What’s funny is that Jesus never said this. Like most of our half-truths, at the surface it sounds like something we want to buy into, but as we look deeper, we find that there is a reason Jesus never says it. Jesus does say to love our neighbors and even to love our enemies, but when we start to label others as sinners (even though we all are), that label itself opens the door for judgment to creep in. Instead, Jesus reminds us to focus on the log in our own eye rather than the speck in someone else’s, and that should keep us plenty busy!