8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8, New International Version
Loving someone is not about being blind to their flaws. Love is the ability to look beyond their flaws by focusing on the intrinsic worth God gave them through Christ. This attitude gives us the grace to be accepting without being judgemental, to be truthful without being hurtful, and to be caring without being imposing.
The Apostle Peter tells us we are to echo God’s love in our relationships with one another. He quoted from Proverbs 10:2: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” The Hebrew word for “cover” is kacah which means “concealing”. In the context of this verse, concealing is not used in a bad way, as if there is an evil intention to hide something, but in the positive sense of forgiving and forgetting.
Jesus is our best example of a love that covers a multitude of sins. He modelled for us how we should relate with people around us. He didn’t treat others as they deserved to be treated. Instead, He readily offered His life up for them even though they were most undeserving.
When Jesus was dying on the cross for our sins, He prayed, “Father, forgive them”. Being the perfect sacrifice, Jesus did not just cover our sins, but He completely took away the sin of the whole world. In doing so, our Lord revealed the nature of our Father’s perfect love towards us. We can reflect this same love by receiving God’s grace to forgive and release the hurt people have caused us.
Sometimes it is not easy to forgive, especially when you feel an injustice was done to you, or when you were being singled out unfairly. Instead of trying to forgive and forget in your own power, just confess you desperately need God’s healing grace to help you to make the necessary changes in your attitude so as to manifest them in your actions.
As children of God, let’s imitate our Father in the way we forgive and forget, overlooking offenses and not keeping any record of wrongs, hoping others will do the same for us. We are to love each other deeply and speak with grace and kindness when someone’s sin is hurting them, hurting other, or hurting us.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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