Half Truth #5: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

From United Methodist Mega-Church Pastor, Adam Hamilton: They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Waretown UMC In this five-week faith discussion and discovery theme which includes a Sunday Worship Theme, Weekly Group Discussion, and Weekly Prayers and Take-Home Actions we will explore the WHOLE truth of God, faith, and life!

 

Prayer of the Week

(pray this prayer each day this week)

 

God of Judgment and Grace,

I am imperfect. I make mistakes. Sometimes I do the wrong thing intentionally. Instead of confessing and apologizing, I often try to justify myself or point a finger at someone else’s short-comings. Help me to be humble, graceful, and hopeful both in how I treat others AND how I treat myself. Give me the moral strength and love-filled courage to aspire to be my best, and to hold my judgments of others while always inspiring the best in them. This week I will search my heart for some long-held judgment against another. I will let it go and, if possible, I will humbly reconcile with them.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

 

Read Matthew 7:1-5, John 8:1-11

Week 5: Questions for Reflection

 

We are not supposed to be morally blind. We should be able to tell right from wrong and, more importantly, DO and advocate for right and not wrong. Yet, we are imperfect and part of that imperfection is that we sometime willfully do the wrong thing.

 

Yes, we should love the sinner and hate the sin but that is only a half-truth. The full truth is we need to hate our own sin FIRST before hating the sins of others. What are some ways you willfully do the wrong thing? What is your reaction when you see that same thing done by others?

 

 

 

How has your judgment of someone else led to a broken relationship? What ways might you make a start at healing that relationship?

 

 

 

Only God is perfect. Not only perfect in judgment, but perfect in grace as well. That’s what the cross is for. What have you held onto for years that has caused you shame, hurt, and disappointment? Go to God in prayer and leave it at the foot of the cross.

 

 

How can you aspire to live the best, most holy life? How can you inspire this in the people you know and meet?