Over the past few weeks I have been chewing on a particular verse that I just felt needed to be shared at this time.
1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” When I look at that verse, I see more information there than one could ever express in the course of their natural life. Yet, it’s not about your natural life … it never has been. Our lives our lived today to determine our supernatural life. To determine the life that we will have when our eyes close forever in death from this world and slip into the next.
We are commanded in God’s Word to love one another deeply, to have respect and care for one another and to never spend a moment in hatred or raising up animosity for one another. Consider all the hate in this world that exists, why then would we as the Body of Christ have additional hatred or anger for one another? Sure, we get hurt … I get that. Naturally, we feel resentment towards one another because of this or that. And yes, we may not see things eye to eye and so feathers get ruffled, understood.
But what do all these have in common? They are all OUR emotions being impacted by OUR actions because of OUR choices!!
When you look at the second part of that verse we see that Peter writes that “love covers over a multitude of sins.” Let’s consider Peter for just a moment. Remember this little jewel he released the night Jesus was arrested? “Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” (Matthew 26:33)
Or, how about this one after Jesus was arrested? “Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about“. (Matthew 26:69-70)
But even with all these denials Jesus restores Peter and says that if He loves Him, to “feed His sheep” (see John 21 for the entire reference). If Peter was restored for denying the Savior to His face ……. perhaps there really is hope for us in this world???
Now, I’m not saying that all actions, sins, fights, etc., need to wiped away immediately and forgotten; but through repentance there is an opportunity to be forever changed by the Spirit of God. Let us remember that repentance means that we take action to seek forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and TURN AWAY from the sin. There is nothing we have to offer God that He needs from us, but when we come under the submission of the blood and the obedience of Christ our lives can be forever changed. What a wonderful time of year to come into God’s presence, and seek out His Son who so willingly gave His life for yours.
So …………. that’s what’s on my mind tonight. God bless you.