Here's just a thought...
It is sometimes said that God “loves the sinner but hates the sin”. But when you think about it there is something illogical about that statement. How can you distinguish between the sinner and the sin? A person´s actions are a product of that person. If that person´s actions are unlovable, then so too will be that person´s character. Jesus once said that a bad fruit tree cannot produce good fruit (Matthew 7:18). How then can we abstract “sin” from the character of the sinner, and assume that God loves one and hates the other?
Nevertheless there is indeed a sense in which God can love a person apart from that person´s sin. He can love a man or woman not for the sake of what he or she is now, but for the sake of what they have the potential to become. Parents continue to love their children even at times when their children try their patience. They know that such disobedience need not be a permanent state.
The Gospel of John says: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Yet what is loveable about the world with all its immorality, violence and injustice? Why should God want to provide eternal life for its inhabitants? At first glance there is very little that is loveable; but God knows that among the teeming millions on the surface of this planet, most of who give no thought for their Maker, there are those who will reach out to Him, and turn to Him in faith.
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