Love Covers a Multitude of Sins
When I hear ‘Love covers a multitude of sins’, I immediately think of the Truth in 1 Corinthians chapter 13—the LOVE chapter—right? But it is 1 Peter 4:8 where this scripture is found. “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” We know Love never fails and that God is Love.
‘The’ multitude of sins lends itself to the summation that there WILL BE sins. ‘Among yourselves’ definitely indicates His people. And this charity—this love—is touted as most important…above ‘all things,’ not some…or most, but ALL.
Other scriptures this one evokes are: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35 It is our love for one another that testifies to the world of sinners that we are of God. Has a brother or sister done you wrong? Do we respond by complaining to others, other church members? Does that cover their sin against us and show mutual heathen friends the love of the brothers and sisters?
Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery? How did Christ react to her and her accusers? “So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7 We should do our best to emulate Him. Father’s good work—begun at salvation—is to make us into the very image of His Son. When we choose to act as He does, we come one step closer!
The Apostle Paul exhorts us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 This seems very hard sometimes, especially because it involves our thoughts.
It’s hard to put wrongs done us out of our heads. The devil certainly keeps bringing it up. I’ve learned over the years though, that the faster I’m able to refuse those foul reminders of his, that God restores my peace. He even gave me a new song to sing to help me- WHATSOEVER THINGS. It goes: ♥✞ ♪♫•✫Whatsoever are lovely ♥✞♥♪*•♫♪ Whatsoever are things are pure ♫•✫♥ *♪ Whatsoever are worthy of a good report,♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥ I will think on these things! ♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥♫♪ I will meditate on the goodness of my God! ♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥ I will gravitate to His Holy Word! ♥✞ ♪♫•✫I will celebrate His everlasting love for me♥ *♪•.♪ and bring glory to the name of the Lord! ♫•*♥♪ Yes, I will glorify the name of the Lord!*•♫♪♥✞♪♫
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. We’re all guilty; we all need grace. The Lord speaking to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 reassures us. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
So we all need grace because we are imperfect and often weak when temptation rears its ugly lure. Right? After all, scripture says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
That’s just one more reason it is important to show grace toward a sinner. “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” If we sow love and grace, per God’s Word, we will reap love and grace.
Does this mean that we look the other way when we encounter a brother or sister in sin. I don’t think so. James 5:20 tells us “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” Love doesn’t mean we should ignore sin. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be bold to stand against sin…not in judgement, but in love. Love means we care enough to say something—to the sinner! Not the neighbor or our best friend!
In these end days of this age, evil is called good and things clearly taught as sin in the Word are legalized right here in America—to my way of thinking—gives Christians all the more reason to stand up for holiness, for its only in obedience to God and His Holy Word that we will be guided and protected. It’s what we as believers must come back to!
In JUST KIN, book six in the historical Christian Texas Romance series, my hero and heroine—believers both—make some poor choices, bad decisions. Both love God and know right from wrong. Neither meant to. But circumstance and situation brought them to it, and after that first dive into the realm of sin, the second dip comes easier. Doesn’t it?
So then confession and forgiveness come into play. Each must confess to God and ask His forgiveness, but what about each other? What’s your opinion? I believe if we confess to our soulmates, though we open ourselves up to exposure, we must trust that our beloved lives by that first scripture mentioned ‘Love covers a multitude of sin’ and cover our sins as we cover theirs.
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Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.
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