Rick Warren once said, “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate”
Love is a verb, an action, a virtue. It isn’t a self-seeking or arrogant response but “an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Synonyms to Love: Appreciate, Cherish, & Value
Nowhere is love defined by what they can do in response for you, what they are allowed to do nor if you agree with them. Jesus gave the perfect example, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) There wasn’t, isn’t, nor will there ever be anything we can do for our God that he can’t do himself or doesn’t already have – yet he showed LOVE, expecting nothing in return and wants more for our lives as well! His actions didn’t approve our sins, nor did it endorse the sin…. he just loved us as we were, despite the sin. It doesn’t matter the sin – fornication (sex before marriage), adultery, not honoring mother/father, murder, lying, or homosexuality. Sin is sin…it is black and white to God! He is perfect, so anything less misses the mark. However, he loved us even though we were sinners, so much he laid his life down for us but then want more for us. He wanted us to be holy and to walk in a manner of the calling he has given us so we could come into fellowship with him.
Christ wants Christian’s to imitate him. (Eph 4:15) Should we not love people just because they sin differently then we sin? If I didn’t love others because of their sin, then I’d love no one -> INCLUDING MYSELF! We have all fallen short, we have all sinned, not one of us can cast the first stone. No, if we are going to love one another then we too must lay down our own pride and our arrogance and love each other in the muck, sin and dirt they all live in… but continue looking at the definition, we also should want the good for each other. This means we should ALSO want to help each other grow and move out from that muck, away from the sin and dust off the dirt! He wants us to “grow up in our salvation” (1 Peter 2:2) and remember “Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov 27:17) – but you can’t do that if you walk away or turn your back to it. Love them, where they are at… spur them to better, regardless of what the sin!