If we look at how Jesus treated the woman at the well, it seems that knowing the heart and listening for opportunity allows for love to enter where it is not humanly possible. Jesus also face sin with the intent of offering hope. The bible says pray without ceasing, so if loving a sinner is difficult, remember all have sinned and come short of the glry of God and if we as Christians dont extend Grace, it cant be done!
and be blessed
---Art on 6/27/09|
One more thing I will add, Amen and Amen!
---Nana on 6/25/09|
Nana Amen! Thats wonderful! To this ministry substance lets add,1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Charity/Love suffers long and is kind,charity thinketh no evil,envieth not,vaulteth not itself,is not puffed up,doesn't behave itself unseemly,seeks not her own,not easily provoked,thinketh no evil,doesn't rejoice in iniquity,rejoices in truth,bears all things,believes,hopes, & endures all things,Charity never fails. Now abides faith,hope,and charity,but the greatest of these is charity/love. The face of Christian charity/love is the reflection of God through a Christian,wanting nothing in return. If Christian's would look at others through God's love then we would pray use me Lord to let your light shine on others through me.
---Darlene_1 on 6/25/09|
Do you really have to ask this question? A couple scriptures come to mind, but as for your answer: 77 times 7.
If this person is your friend, then Christ wants you to love others as yourself. Too many Christians think they have to walk around the world making sure everyone knows that what they are doing is wrong. This does not draw people to Christ. Love, understanding, compassion, and humility draw people to Christ. Jesus said, "The need is so great and the workers are so few."
Your job is to love others unconditionally. Your savior did this for you, now you go and do this for the world.
---cathy on 6/25/09|
This came to mind as I read what you wrote:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
---Nana on 6/24/09|
Christ was dismayed over sin, his own (hen and her brood) who received him not, and those who reject life for death, why shouldn't we be equally dismayed?
Kniwing we all deserve hell, the lack of mourning over and for sinners is because we really don't believe sinners are that important and have never accepted the scripture that God is patient and not willing that ANY should suffer.
Not sure if the aforementioned qualifies as mourning.
---larry on 6/24/09|
We don't mourn based on the Bible. We mourn because we care,in mind,and emotions because we are wired to feel for other people. That is part of our human makeup which was given by God himself. The depth of that compassion depends on our ties with people we care about. God is no respecter of persons,be guided by the Spirit. We don't direct the course of others lives and we don't judge them if they are on the wrong track instead we love them and pray. You also can comfort others and not still be mourning but be a support for them. We never mourn for others loved ones as much as they do.
---Darlene_1 on 6/24/09|
"Should We Mourn For Sinners
How long must we mourn for someone who is hurting deeply because they lost their live-in boyfriend whom they were living with for 7 years in sin and now they want us to comfort them. How long must we mourn for sinners?"
Donna on 10/3/07
How long was Jerusalem wayward, living against God? Have you read Matthew 23:37? Should we strive to understand and emulate the love as Jesus showed and Christ comfirmed even unto death?
Matthew 5:46: "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"
I am sure that Jew kicked to the curve was glad the Samaritan had compassion of him.
---Nana on 6/18/09|
Bible says: If we say we have no sin, we make Him a liar. Therefore, I mourn for sinners who do not recognize themselves as such, since they are self-righteous, like the Pharisee who said: thank God I am not a sinner like this man. So, why not comfort someone with the Gospel of salvation and eternal life, which is: whosoever believes that Jesus paid the penalty for their sins, has eternal life, just like the malefactor on the cross, who did not earn or deserve it, received eternal life as a Grace Gift from God, through childlike faith.
---David on 6/16/09|
We should comfort the unbelievers by proclaiming the good news to them. They can have a choice whom to follow. We cant save anyone, we must leave that for God.
---duane on 11/17/08|
It does not matter whether a person is a sinner or not. We all are sinners! Love and compassion has no boundaries. I have morned for people I did not even know. I did not just fall to pieces but my heart and prayers went out to them. Then leave the rest up to the Lord. If I was close at hand and was able to do anything for the person who was in mourning. I would choose to do soemthing to help them. That's just me. Not everyone feel this way. Love is always in order.
---Robyn on 11/17/08|
I would say, don't mourn for their loss, but for them being lost. and we should mourn and pray for them untill they are saved.
---a_good_friend on 11/17/08|
Think about this: how would Jesus treat that person? It seems to me He would cry with them, and for them, and show the Father to them in their pain. Also, too, if we are cold to unbelievers in their grief, what does that say about Jesus?! Think about it, Bob and Matthew.
---Mary on 10/8/07|
You need to pray for God to draw them. You need to pray for there wholeness.It sound to me like you are judging them.
22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,
24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
---denise on 10/7/07|
I wouldn't mourn one day.
Be thankful for the window of opportunity to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you pet the sinner, they'll go off and find someone else to live with and forget all about you when they do. Sins are cyclic, without salvation, it's usually a short time before they are repeated again. Repentance is needed to break the chain of sin, bondage.
I wouldn't be mourning. I would be praying that the sinner would come to repentance. . I would show them strength, not sympathy.
---Bob on 10/7/07|
Donna, you shouldn't be comforting that person.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07|
It basically comes down to the law of love--treating others as you would want to be treated yourself. I don't recall Jesus telling Christians to lack compassion for non-believers. He loves them just as much as He loves us--pray for them and love them.
---Mary on 10/6/07|
The loss that your friend is experiencing is separate from the sin in my opinion. Yes there was sin but the issue of loss is seperate.Forgiveness and repentance is between your friend and God your support of your friend is seperate. Sounds like you are tired of hearing about her problems and want her to move on with her life, Or you are judging her and do not want to hear about her pain for that reason. Maybe pray about your feelings to answer the question.:)
---splaa6685 on 10/6/07|
I believe that I would be SICK. Does this answer your question.
---catherine on 10/6/07|
As an addition to what I said earlier, I am reminded that Jesus didn't just mourn. He died on a cross and rose again. We meet humanity at its point of need and would do well to refuse to be raised up without them. Jesus didn't come up by Himself (Eph.2:2,5,6) and Paul, in reference to the Corinthians, didn't consider himself raised unless they were.
---Linda on 10/3/07|
There used to be a saying, why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. It sounds to me that you have a gift of intercession which is so rare this world has waxed so cold, love her, pray with her, she was never meant to live in sin, God is stirring things in her life because of your prayers, good will come now, God is doing something in her life that neither you or her are aware of, HOW LONG, NEVER END.
---Whisper on 10/3/07|
It is perfectly natural, and healthy, to mourn the loss of a loved one. If the loved one was a Christian we will mourn because we have, temporarily, lost their company. If the loved on was not a Christian we possibly mourn even more because we know that they are lost forever. We will not be meeting up with them sometime in the future. Someone who dies without repenting of their sins will still be missed and mourned by their loved ones. It would be unnatural if it were not so.
---RitaH on 10/3/07|
it is the Christian way to give comfort to those who need it,if we are to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.There is no statute of limitations.Pray for your friend if they are not saved to come to God.As for the deceased,can we say for certainty that as they breathed their last breathe,they didnot cry out for forgiveness?We cannot judge,only love.
---Judy on 10/3/07|
Somewhere there is something seriously wrong if you have to ask this question. We are all sinners - try to use this as an opportunity to minister life - His life.
judging the behaviors of an unsaved person are futile. love her until she doesn't need to be loved.
---Andrea on 10/3/07|
Even though we are Christians we still sin, and even though they are sinners u once were in their shoes, so you do the same as others did for you weither they are sinners or not.
---ANN on 10/3/07|
As long as Jesus mourns for sinners. I don't think any of us are sufficiently without sin to cast the first stone....or to stop praying for those who are hurting and wanting comfort.
---Fireweed on 10/3/07|
How long would you want to be comforted? It doesn't matter how someone falls off the table. It still hurts. Is there a limit on His mercy and compassion? Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds...and all of those folks He touched in the gospels were sinners.
---Linda on 10/3/07|
We are to love people unconditionally, as God loves us, and extend grace to those that need it. This woman needs someone in her life who can take her by the hand, and offer compassion, where others have judged her. It is through our love that people will see Jesus shining through us. Be that light and that example. Don't give up on her as so many have already, and will in the future.
---kady on 10/3/07|
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We mourn FOR them, and express sympathy FOR them for as long as it is needed by THEM. In doing so we are not condoning their life choices, we are showing the same love for the sinner that Christ exhibited for the sinner. Sin is bad, love the sinner all the way to Jesus.
---ed_the_other_one on 10/3/07|