We can detest someone’s actions without detesting the person. We can hate the sin without hating the sinner.
When I think of these words, it reminds me of what Arthur Brooks said about loving your enemies in his book and when I heard him speak, which I wrote about here.
I will be very happy when I can get to the point where I love all people, even if I detest something they have done.
This idea also reminds me of the way I learned to speak with my children when they did something they should not have done, something to the effect of: “You’re a good child, you did a bad thing.” We can dislike how our children behave, but we must love our children.
How do you communicate your feelings to other people when you’re displeased with something they have done or said? Please join the conversation with your comments…