Love is Not Tolerance

The world teaches that love is all about “tolerance” and acceptance of people’s behavior. The world teaches that people “are what they do”, and that in order to accept them, we must accept their behavior.

That is utter baloney.

The Bible teaches us to love one another and not to sit in judgement of one another. We are to love people and we are not supposed to judge people.

The difference between what the Bible teaches and what the world teaches is:

God is in love with us, not our behavior.

God loves us unconditionally. He sees us separate us from our behavior because of Christ.

At the same time, God hates sin.

We are to love people. But loving someone does not imply a blanket approval or acceptance of their every decision. You can love a person and at the same time hate the sin, curse, addiction, ignorance, and disease that plagues their life.

Judgement means that you judge a person as “good” or “evil”.

Judgement is reserved for God’s use only. For us, judgement is a “no no”. We’ll be judged by the same measures we use to judge others with.

We don’t have to judge behavior. Wrong behavior, sin, the curse, sickness, and disease are evil because God has said they are evil. God hates sin. It stands to reason that we should hate the same things God hates because we have been reborn in the spirit with His nature.

Saying that sin is wrong is NOT passing judgement on a person, it is merely agreeing with God’s Word.

Withholding your love from a person, gossiping about them, condemning them, ostracizing, and so forth IS passing judgement on a person.

One way that we show our love for God and worship Him is by loving other people.

The bottom line: Love God, love people, hate sin.

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