Can you really separate the sinner from the sin?
United at last! The whole world speaks with one voice it's disdain for Jerry Sandusky. No one seems to bother with that fine line between the sinner and his sin. Maybe it's because there is none.
Romans 12:9 says: "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."
One of the civic duties that I have not ever performed is to be in a jury duty.
The prosecutors always excused me for one reason..I separate the sin from the sinner...
I believe in the inherent capacity of human beings to change.......
When one loves, one IS love. When one smiles, one IS smiles. When one is happy, one IS happiness. When one is sad, one IS sadness. When one hates, one IS hatred. When one is angry, one IS anger. When one is kind, one IS kindness. The duration of these & other experiences last as long as they last and one IS them as long as they last. When one allows them to BE present and expressed in oneself, one becomes them. They write themselves upon the person experiencing them, - in as permanent an ink as the duration and effects from them press, endure and are republished.
Likewise when one sins, one IS sin. It becomes oneself and becomes more permanent with its practice, duration, repetition and effects. If one believes in forgiveness of sin, one can be relieved of it; - but those deep roots and paths which have been oneself can arise again and take hold of oneself if allowed.
No one is immune, but each has choice. The rewards and penalties of our choices are 'built-in'. We also have choices then - to continue or not. The effects also 'go-with' the choices we make. For most of us, tending to our own choices and their effects is a full time occupation!
Of course I always love your contributions...sweet Nellieanna
When a sinner accepts Jesus into their life, they become a new creature in Christ and when they hold onto God's word and live accordingly they'll be rewarded with grace and salvation. God's word tells us this.
Thanks, my friend, Melinda. And Barbara - that was in my reference to believing in the forgiveness of sin, as well as in the need to live accordingly thereafter. Thanks.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the mercy of Jesus Christ. The sin is horrific and the lives touched will not ever be the same unless they can forgive and forget. Jesus has indicated that the sins are put as far as the east is from the west. So, yes God can forgive his sins (as he has ours), and love his soul, not his wrong doing; as He (God) is not willing that any should perish.
The key to this of course is: Is the party sorry for his sins? To me he appeared to be in denial. Until he accepts his own sin, acknowledges the wrong he inflicted upon helpless little children; and sees himself as the sinner and ask forgiveness, he is still the sinner. God expects us to see our own sins and be sorry.
That said; I still wanted to throw up!!!!
We are all sinners, except by God's grace some of us have accepted forgiveness. God loves the sinner, yet rejects and despises sin. Yes. The sinner and the sin are separate. Once we have accepted him through salvation, we are forgiven, God sees us as redeemed, paid for by the blood of Jesus. Even though we are not perfect and will continue to be human and fail. We are forgiven. Therefore separate from sin.
I thnk that when you become saved you have a special bond with God so that is when you are separated from sin.
You can't separate the sinner from the sin as once you commit a sin it becomes a part of you. You can only allow for forgiveness and understanding to pave the way for change. The sin will always be there, but it's purpose will transform from a burden to something more motivating.
There is no such thing as sin without the sinner. The only way to separate the two is when the sinner stops sinning. Being saved by faith is to stop sinning. Can the gun be separated from the shooter? Who goes to jail when the shooter murders someone--the gun or the shooter? The power of sin is inherent in the sinner. Once sin is stopped then it has no power. Yes Christ gives us victory, but the only Way I know to get started on that victory is to stop the sin.
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