Day Twenty-Seven: Covering Wrongs
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. –1 Peter 4:8
Earnest love towards one another is the type of love that covers a multitude of sins. What does that mean? The context for Peter’s statement likely comes from Proverbs 10:12 where we read that “hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs”. You are a sinner who is married to another sinner. We are both finite and sinful human beings. That means that if you want things to complain about your partner will give you more than enough fodder for your cannon. Hatred will stir up strife. It’ll look for sin to expose and attack. But love doesn’t do this. Love only looks for sin so that it can cover it through forgiveness and the redemptive work of Jesus. Choose love instead of hatred.
Father, we thank you that Jesus has covered every one of our sins and cast them to the bottom of the sea. If it were not for this indeed none of us could stand. But you have chosen to forgive our iniquity. Help us to do this same thing with one another. Help us to love one another earnestly and cover wrongs. May we walk in forgiveness towards one another and let that heart grow towards others as well. Amen.