The more I study scripture and work daily with individuals who are at war with sin, the more I have grown to love them. No, I do not support sin or endorse it, but rather I am burdened for those who seek its toxic pleasures rather than God's sweet goodness. That burden doesn't lead me to anger, it leads me to feel sorry for them. If only they could see true joy and find real fulfillment!
However, I too am at war with sin. Thankfully Christ covers my sin, but I still am in need of the Spirit daily to combat sinful desires and temptation that arises in me. But with myself, I hate the sin so much that it leads me to hate the things I do because of it and get angry with myself for allowing it to take over!
I had this backwards for many years growing up in the church. I got angry at others and felt sorry for myself. I felt sorry for myself by justifying my sin. Young adults are fed up. The current generation of 20 somethings are tired of being treated like dirt by Christians. They want no part of church because they don't feel loved at church, they feel hatred and glaring judgmental eyes looking at their mistakes.
Sure, sinners need to recognize their sin, but let God point it out to them. He's the judge.
Romans 15:1-2 says, "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up".
Our job is to build people up, not tear them down. Christ's love will tear down walls of sin, not our judgmental ways. We are to partner with Christ in overwhelming people with His love. We are to give them something they've never had before, unconditional love and hope.
I'm convinced that through Christ we can love the sinner so much that they feel satisfaction greater than sex, a high much sweeter than drunkeness, a contentment way more secure than money, and a warmth much more comforting than any person or possession can give.
What are we waiting for? What's holding us back?