“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Many will say that God does not hate those who sin against Him. A popular phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” is often used in conjunction with this belief.
Of course, all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Some may believe they can willfully sin, then repent, doing this throughout their life. But, what does the Bible say?
Hebrews 10:26 states, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.” In Romans 6, Paul warns, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.”
Ephesians 4:23: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.
So does God hate sinners?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,” (John 3:36).
Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”
Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
Lev. 20:23, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”
Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”
From these passages, I think the answer is clear. God cannot love evil. Once a person turns their life over to evil and abandons God, God abandons him or her, unless and until that person turns from their sin and comes to God. Luke 5:32 says, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
God’s love is patient. He patiently waits a long time for us to repent and confess our sins. We should realize God’s mercy and confess every sin so that we may have perfect faith.
Don’t get comfortable in your sin because it is written, a judgement day will come for all. (2 Corinthians 5:10) God loves you unconditionally. He sent his only begotten son to pay a debt for sin. Repent and receive His love and grace today. Your life will never be the same! God has a plan for your salvation.
May you receive God’s love today. Amen.
Scripture of the day: “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ~ Matthew 9:13
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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