C.S. Lewis confessed that he too struggled with how to truly love the sinner while hating the sin. One day it suddenly became clear:
It occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life – namely myself. However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself. There had never been the slightest difficulty about it. In fact the very reason why I hated the things was that I love the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things.
We extend this charity to ourselves, so the question begs to be asked: Why do we not extend this same charity to our spouse (Feel free to insert children, friends, parents, teammates, strangers or any other fitting person here)?
As I read the above excerpt from C.S. Lewis, as quoted by Gary Thomas, it received a big, bold star next to the underlining it earned on my first read. It is better to be reminded than instructed, and I appreciated the reminder. Not only to do to others what I’d want done to me, but give others the grace I so willingly give to myself.
This is my mission if I choose to accept it (this message will not self destruct in 5 seconds 🙂 ).