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accept yourself

Dale Cresap's picture

Have you heard it taught that you are to love the sinner but hate the sin? This is a valid distinction and a true principle, but it is not easy to apply to others, because you have to understand that the evil they do is not an expression of their true identity, or at least of their true destiny. Do you find it even more difficult to apply this principle to yourself, since you struggle with persistent areas of weakness? Self-hatred is not an appropriate response, for it is not a part of the redemptive process. If you can accept others in spite of their flaws, you can accept yourself, not embracing your flaws, but in spite of them.