1 Peter 4:7-8
But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. (WEB)
This is yet another Scripture passage where we read 'above all things'... love each other. No matter how great our Christian service, if it is not rooted and grounded in the love of God, it is for nought. No matter how many spiritual gifts we manifest, if love isn't the motivation, then we really are powerless.
In today's reading, Peter reminds us that love covers a multitude of sins. Love doesn't expose and embarrass, love always protects (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Aren't you glad that this is the truth? Could you imagine if God's love didn't cover us? How would we feel if He pointed out every mistake, every sin that we made. We would be afraid to be close to Him for fear that He would humiliate us.
But that is not how love works. Love believes the best. Love protects and love covers. My prayer today is that we would truly have a revelation of what it means to live in love. If we are judging others, we are not living in love. If we are condemning those who may even deserve to be condemned, we are not living in love.
May the Holy Spirit help us to extend the grace and mercy that we have received from Him to every person we meet, whether they deserve it or not... for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. 3 If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. (WEB)