How can we love the sinner, but hate the sin?

posted Sep 15, 2011, 10:02 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
The one image you need to keep in mind to help you understand how to accomplish this is the love of parents for their children. Parents love their children so much that they will die for them (just as God did for us in Jesus), but parents don’t accept wrongful (sinful) behavior from their children. A child’s bad behavior (sins) will not stop a parent from loving them, but parents don’t accept bad behavior (sin). Parents out of love will let their children know about their sins, and we should use their holy example to inspire us to love the sinner but hate and speak out against sin. Don’t forget what Saint James tells us, “let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20). If you feel a desire to speak out against someone’s sins but not out of love and grace for that person, then don’t speak out with words, speak out with your actions.