God Loves Sinners

Bear with me, I want to quote a larger section than you often hear.  I am also choosing the Amplified Bible version because of the additional clarification.

For no person will be justified (made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable) in His sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law.  For [the real function of] the Law is make men recognize and be conscious of sin [not mere perception, but an acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith, and holy character]. But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets, Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe.  For there is no distinction, Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith.  This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.  It was to demonstrate  and prove at the present time (in the now season) the He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. The what becomes of [our] pride and [our] boasting?  It is  excluded (banished, ruled out entirely). On what principle? [On the principle] of doing good deeds? No, but on the principle of faith.  For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from the good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.] Or is God merely [the God] of Jews? Is He not the God of Gentiles also?  Yes, of Gentiles also, Since it is one and the same God Who will justify the circumcised by faith [which germinated from Abraham] and the uncircumcised through their [newly acquired] faith. [For it the same trusting faith in both cases, a firmly relying faith in Jesus Christ].  Romans 3:20-31

All have sinned.  But we are saved through grace by faith.

And that’s a relief because my feeling towards a certain group of hate-mongers falsely wrapping themselves in the cloak of Christianity are certainly not the kinds of loving and forgiving feeling a Christian should have.  Indeed, each time I hear their blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, I take joy in thinking of the Lord’s Vengeance and eternal damnation.  Because I am only human.  A sinner.  And I must remember that God loves them too, something I am not strong enough to do.

No, I look for millstones.  The grinding and gnashing of teeth.  The only compassion I can muster for them is how sad that a child of God could be led so far astray.  How dark their world must be filled with so much hate.

But I’ll not dwell on that.  I need not tarnish my thoughts with any level of hate even if is directed at a group so repugnant.  I’ll meditate instead on the true and living God that loves all sinners with no distinction among them.  The God that loves those that have been targeted by their hate.  Living in the shadow of their hate is most blessed place to be because it only emphasizes the light of His love.  Should any representative of theirs stumble over here, I’ll wear their condemnation as a badge of honor.

5 thoughts on “God Loves Sinners”

  1. It is a VERY good thing that God’s capacity for love is infinite. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ (the Anointed One) died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

    I have a tough time feeling love for such folk – but I’m willing to be made willing – and I think that shows God’s love at work in us.

  2. Amen. The sad irony is, they love to picket the funerals of military men & women who died….died securing their freedom of speech, their right to be idiots. My hat’s off to the Freedom Riders, who try to provide an honor-guard service at any funeral the aforementioned misguided individuals decide to show up at. When I stop to think about it, this makes me really nervous for the future that my daughter is going to grow up in. If we can now “tolerate” this group’s hatemongering (yes…its Free Speech. I served to protect that right, myself. But there are limits. Morality. Decency. At least, there used to be.), what will we be “tolerating” ten years from now? 15? 50? Lord, protect us from those with freedom, but not wisdom.

  3. Nice article….

    A little nitpick: So, you are saying you are a sinner? and NOT a Christian? You cannot be both…… If you are in Christ, you are a NEW CREATION… and no longer a sinner, unless you have fallen away….

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