Loving One Another Covers Sins

Daily God Walk for Thursday, June 30, 2011

 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].              – 1 Peter 4:8 (AMP)

 There are many who believe we are in the final days of the last days. They see the coming the coming of the Lord as imminent. I tend to agree with that assessment of the times. However, Peter wrote this letter to the churches nearly 2000 years ago and he was giving that warning then.

If there was that since of urgency then, how much more should we be aware of the times today? Then Peter warned that believers should be serious, self-disciplined and given to much prayer. Today we hear the same plea coming across the pulpit.

Knowing these things we must take heed of the warning Peter is giving us and place loving our brothers and sisters before everything else. He calls us to have an intense, unfailing love for one another because love forgives a multitude of sins.

It is not a time for becoming offended over the mistakes others make. It is not the time to carry a grudge against someone who has done you wrong. It is not the time to sit on the other side of the church because someone on the other side bothers you. It is time to put all that aside and love one another with a passion that only the Holy Spirit can give us.

We have long heard this passage quoted and it is still true. Love does cover a multitude of sins. When Jesus returns he is going to look for a people who have answered the command to “love one another.” I don’t know of anything anyone has ever done to me that is worth having bitterness in my heart against them when Jesus comes back.

I challenge you today to seek the Holy Spirit to give you such love for others that you will forgive every offense and have only a desire to see others experience the same forgiveness.

 Prayer: Father, help me to sobered by thought of the soon return of Jesus and help me to love my brothers and sisters.

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