What Should Be Our Attitude Towards “Sinners”?

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The Bible summarizes the attitude of Jesus towards sinners (Jn. 8:10-11; Lk. 7:36-48). Our Lord Jesus told us that He was sent to this world not to condemn sinners, but to save the world that was ruled by sin (Jn. 3:17). Our God is so kind and considerable to us sinners. The Psalmist asks:” if you O Lord kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned?” (Ps. 130:3). Of course, no one. None of us is perfect we are only forgiven.

This is not to say that Jesus loves sin or that it makes no difference to Him whether people sin or not. He did not give us license to sin because He has power to put our lives in order, no matter what we do. He knows the gravity of sin (Lk. 7:36-48) and on a few occasions in His ministry, He warned people not to sin again: to the man paralyzed for 38 years and who now had been healed, Jesus said:” listen, you are well now; so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (Jn. 5:14); and to the” woman… has no one condemned you?” “No one sir,” she answered. Jesus said, “Nor do I condemn you, you may go. But from now on, avoid this sin” (Jn. 8:10-11).

Jesus has taught us by His own actions that there is no use blaming sinners or questioning them why and how they acted the way they did. What is important when people are in sin, is that they be freed from their sin. People are not happy in sin, so they need freedom, not condemnation. The sinner requires mercy and help, not ridicule or quarrel. Is it not better to save a dying man than to quarrel and curse death?

The Pharisees ostracized sinners and condemned them. Jesus came to save sinners who wish to be saved. To ostracize or make fun of sinners is very much like avoiding or making fun of a person suffering from cancer. And anyone who despises a person suffering from a disease of the sort would be regarded as mentally defective. As we look at people especially sinners, let us dwell, as the Bible teaches us, on the fine, good things in them. “Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about” in their lives (Phil. 4:8). Before we sin, let us fear God’s justice; if we however, fall into that misfortune of sinning, let us repent.

Do not be so confident of pardon that you sin again and again. Do not say: His mercy is so great, he will pardon my sins, however many. To him belong both mercy and wrath… come back to the lord without delay; do not put it off from one day to the next. _ Eccl. 5:5.

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