Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

in Discipline Forgiveness/Unforgiveness Love Obedience/Discipleship Relationships

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

"Hatred stirs up dissension," the proverb says (Proverbs 10:12). It's true, isn't it? When we dislike a person, we want to prove them wrong. If they say "Up" we say, "Down!" If they say, "Right" we say, "Left!" If they say that the sky is blue, we argue that it is more like turquoise. Truth be told, we want to embarrass them and the bigger audience who sees us take them down, the better. Dislike for another person drives us to demonstrate--through words or actions--that our animosity is justified.

But there is a second part to the proverb. "Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs" (Proverbs 10:12). The modus operandi of a true Christian should be to practice a deep love for everyone God places in our paths. This type of love promotes harmony, not dissension. It desires to build up; not tear down. It allows people a bad day every once in a while. It gives people the benefit of the doubt. "A person who loves a quarrel loves sin" (Proverbs 17:19). But a person committed to a 1 Peter 4:8 love is committed to forgiving others and living in obedience to God.

So the next time you are ready to point a finger; practice patience. When you want to go for the "kill," go for kindness. When envy rears its ugly head; knock it down. Shred the file titled, "Record of Wrongs." When you want something for yourself; instead do something for others. Practice love and you will be able to overlook the sins of others. And ... others who practice love will be able to overlook your sins as well.

Father, thank You for demonstrating Your love to us in Jesus. We know our hearts and the depth of our sin. Thank You for forgiving us. Now, help us love others and show to them the same forgiveness that You have shown to us. In Jesus' name. Amen.