LENGTHY—BUT LIFE-GIVING!!!! YOWZA TO THE LORD ALMIGHTY!
(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New International Version).
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise — why destroy yourself?
As Christians, our zeal for God and for righteousness should make us hate sin and contend for righteousness wherever we find ourselves. However, sometimes we fail to separate the sinner from his sins, and we end up hating and attacking both in our misguided zeal for God. While we must hate and abhor sin at all times, we must be careful not to hate the sinner. While we must separate ourselves from sin, we must be careful not to alienate ourselves from the sinner. We’re called and commissioned to go after the lost sheep and recover them, not to recluse ourselves as hermits who are so afraid to be contaminated by the world that we give up on the world and on our mission, in…
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