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Agape Love For Sinners

Can a Christian love someone (agape) but not like them? Are we condemned for disliking the ways of another person and not wanting to spend time in their company?

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 ---melissa on 5/24/07
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Elena "2Cor.6:14-16 Be not yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness have to do with wickedness?... Certainly,you can witness to them but,just to be hang out & about you know it's goin' to conflict & Compromise your walk with the Lord" Very true. The Lord does put such people in our lifes, and while we are with them we are to have agape love, but we should not choose to marry or spend an inordinate amount of time with them. I had such a "friendship" and thought I could minister to this person, instead I became entangled in the relationship itself and compromised. It took a lot to distance myself, i really needed the Lord's help, thank God He gave it.
---chria9396 on 7/21/11

this is ELENA...Read'n 2Cor.6:14-16 Be not yoked together with unbelievers. For what do rightousness have to do with wickedness?... Certainly,you can witness to them but,just to be hang out & about you know it's goin' to conflict & Compromise your walk with the Lord..My self better go to church & stay home. We can show our Love (agape) lots other ways.. Do nice things for those around you..A food basket! Mother's Day gave my neighbors cakes n Ice Cream! Run errands when they get ill! Little things that show you care! When the electric out I got up and had a makeshift Lite so they could see to get out to work! Shovel the snow! Clear weeds! today went visit lady n the Hospital ... ELENA
---ELENA on 7/5/11

Yes, we can love(agape)the unloveable. Jesus came to save sinners,not the righteous. We are not condemned for dislikig the ways /behavior of unsaved or disorderly Christians and certainly are not taught to spend time with them. The Bible teaches that 'bad company corrupts good character' and that we need not share our time with a brother or sister who is walking in a disorderly lifestyle. However, we are to attempt to help them if we are strong enough and are careful to not partake in thier sins.
---jody on 1/19/08

Melissa, agape love is always patience & kind. Never high minded, rude, selfish, or judgmental. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy, & hardly takes notice when done wrong. If you have faith in God, have faith in yourself as you abide in His presence. However always remember, one will ultimately have to give an account for every idle word one speaks. If your heart condemns you, consider this, God is greater than your heart & knows all things. Conviction must come from within.
---josef on 5/27/07

Hi Melissa :) We ALL have people that annoy us and I don't think you have to FEEL WARM but just be polite and godly. I'm kind of a hypochondriac myself but I'm ashamed of it, so I try to hide it lol! Actually, am in therapy now to overcome years of paranoia and anxiety; anyway, I digress--I just meant to say that you're probably just fine :)
---Mary on 5/26/07

Good answers, but what I really meant was just disliking someone for no particular reason - such as someone getting on your nerves, people who complain a lot, hypochondriacs, people who behave as if they are better than others. when i comment on these types of people, i feel that i am not being a very good witness, but sometimes you just have to express your opinion. are you condemned for that?
---melissa on 5/25/07

God does not decribe love as a feeling, but an act. If your heart will lead you to acts of love to those owning the ways you dislike(Gal 5), there is no sin.
If you love me, feed my sheep.
He who loves me will obey the commandments.

If your heart prevents those acts of love, you will need to repent.
---a_servant on 5/25/07

Yes it is possible to love someone and not like them at all. There is this one woman, I just don't like her. She hasn't done anything to me at all. When I think about it, it is her demeaner that I don't like. No, it isn't wrong. I try not to go around her, if possible.
---Rebecca_D on 5/24/07

I also feel christians on a whole should develop apage love for all people.Especially sinners. Sinners are God's creation,too. Agape love is really a choice and not an emotion. We choose to love these people, for Jesus' sake. We have been unlovable and/or will be sometimes in our lives, so we need to consider that and treat others, as we wish to be treated. Also remember: we are also sinners. The difference: we have been saved by God's merciful grace. We don't deserve anything.
---Robyn on 5/24/07

I don't think we are condemned for that. There will be many persons on this christian journey, we will not like and probably hate but we will have to give account for that. Hatred is an evil and ugly emotion. So it would probably be best to stay away from such people, in order to keep the peace. The bible tells us to follow peace with all men, as much as lies within us.It is hard to hate or dislike someone we pray for. Try praying for persons we don't get along with or don't like.
---Robyn on 5/24/07

The Bible says not to be unequally yoked. That does not pertain only to marriage, but business partners, associations that would cause the Christian to stumble. The Bible warns that if your revert back to hanging out with your unsaved friends, temptation will come to fall back into sin. Love the sinner, hate the sin, but do not accommodate them in their sin. That's doubleminded, and a doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways and will receive nothing from the Lord.
---Jenny on 5/24/07

You can love a person from a distance.
Liking and loving someone are 2-different things.

If a person offends you love them from a distance. My point is, don't ruin you day trying to make yourself like someone.

You don't have to be around someone to love them.
---Rickey on 5/24/07

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