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Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

1 Peter 4:8 ESV

When I read First Peter 4:8, before, I looked at it from a different perspective than I do now. 

In the back of my head, I thought that if I just said I forgive them and kept on saying it then I would feel better about it. 

That the hurt feelings and the frustrations I have toward the person would just go away. 

But they didn’t. 

Just saying you forgive a person once does not always take away the left over feelings.  

Yes, everyone should forgive, but forgiveness goes beyond just saying it. 

Forgiveness almost always means we are going to have to get in the muck. It’s not just covering them with love one time. But to continue covering them with love.

As Christians we need to do our part to protect our soul, along with others. 

What does this mean though?  

Proverbs 22:5 ESV says,

"Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
    whoever guards his soul will keep far from them."

Romans 14:7 ESV tells us,

"For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself."

And Matthew 18:6,

"but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."

These scriptures say a Christian needs to protect their hearts along with others from stepping into temptation. This is done through working in God’s love alone.

The love of God is magnified through the scripture. 

It was done through God’s grace and mercy shed over the ordinary people like you and me. Ordinary people who had the courage to let God use and change them.

Grace was and always will be two-fold. 

With the blessing of God, normally comes the plucking of something in the depth of our heart that we may not have seen in ourselves before. 

There is a correction or pivot within us that happens.   

“Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 ESV

When correction and transformation is needed, it sometimes feels like a scolding from the Lord. 

But, it is true love pushing us toward our fullest potential and pulling out what hinders our potential. This is God’s love covering our sins with grace and mercy.

Which brings us to the other fold; what we call “the blessing.” 

The Lord is always working all things out for our good. 

This looks different to everyone. 

Two things are the same in every victorious battle, though. 

God is the one that orchestrates the win.  The peace that comes that comes afterward is still only from God.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7 ESV

The love that is magnified throughout scripture is magnified by the vessels of God; his people. 

The ones that chose to step up and be used. 

When it seemed like everyone was against them, they chose to stand in God’s love. To continue to cover any hurts and offenses with love and prayer. They chose to allow God to fight their battles.

Picture a mirror. 

We are the mirror

When we are led by the love of God, people will stand in front of you and see themselves in comparison to you.  

This can do one of two things to people. It can make them angry, either at you or themselves. This is because they see flaws.  

We are to be patient, kind, long suffering with them. Praying always for them. 

These are characteristics listed for love that I believe activates the power of love. 

These are characteristics of self-control, which is one of the fruits of the spirit, just as love is. 

When a person prays, shows self-control and are led in the ways of love, God then can step in and use that person as a vessel. 

This type of love is what makes an active Christian a force to be reckon with. 

It is how we do our part to help show other souls the love of Christ.  

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