Loving others is essential within the Christian life and can only be accomplished by a close walk with the Lord while being filled with His Holy Spirit. We are called to not only love our brothers and sisters within the body of Christ but even those outside the realm of our belief. We are suppose to show the love of God to everyone we meet with the hopes that we will lead them to Christ at the same time.

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV).

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Now with this love we are suppose to care for and about the person, but at the same time this does not mean we love their sin. This is where many Christians become confused for most believe in order to love someone correctly means accepting even the bad which is true only in part. We all sin each day and fall short of the glory of God, but this does not mean we do not keep striving to better ourselves for the Lord by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said that every branch that produces fruit He prunes that it may produce more. We are the branch and we must allow the Lord to prune things away in our life that do not need to be there in order to glorify Him more. If we tell people that their sin is OK and that God loves them anyways, we then do them an injustice and ultimately condemn ourselves. We are to build one another up by helping each other better ourselves within Christ and not allowing our brothers and sisters to continue to stumble within a certain area.

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” (Jude 1:20-23).

It does not matter whether the person is a homosexual, transgender, murderer, thief, etc., we must help them overcome their sin rather than condone it. Telling someone that their sin is OK is the same as telling a crackhead that it is OK that they keep smoking crack even though it is killing them physically. We must understand in spiritual terms that sin is spiritual crack and that we must help each other overcome sin and not succumb to it. Who do you know that keeps stumbling in an area that could use your love and support?

-Michael Thacker

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