LAB 145 Only Love can Cover Sin
1 Peter 4:8
Shared January 8th, 2017
1. We’ve heard it said, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” but what does it mean? I think it means that Love dissolves the damage that might otherwise have been caused by the sin. 2. Does the great presentation of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4–13 have any allusion of this idea of covering sins? What does Colossians 3:12–13 and James 5:19–20 contribute to our understanding? 1 Cor 13:6 says that love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but love does rejoice in the truth. I think this means an offended person can recognise wrongdoing - and thus sin is acknowledged as sin - but then rejoice in the truth, that is, that for the believer, Jesus has born that sin in his body on the tree. So my delight in the truth - the wonderful truth of who God is and what he has done through Jesus - covers over the sin. It does not minimise the sin, but it rejoices in a greater reality. Is this what Joseph did, with his brothers (Exodus 50:20)? Col 3:12-13 shows that there are occasions for just bearing with one another in love, and there are occasions where specific sin needs to be discussed and agreed and forgiven. James 5:19-20 contributes by showing that if the offender repents and comes back to God their sin is covered. 3. Which sins are the hardest for you to overlook in the name of love? Whose sin is most challenging for you to endure and forgive? The sins I find hardest to overlook in the name of love are where someone is influencing another person towards making poor choices. Those who are closest to me. '... earnestly ...'. Pastor John notes the importance of the word 'earnestly', that we need to be real about our love. I think it means that we need to really / sincerely let the gospel shape our love, and not fall into automatic drive where we are fake lovers of people ('nice loving Christians'), who actually bear grudges and are easily ticked off.
Main point summary
Keep loving one another fervently, because love - look at what God has done for man - smooths over all sorts of bumps.
1 Peter 4:7-8
n The end of all things is at hand;
therefore o be self-controlled and sober-minded
p for the sake of your prayers.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
since q love covers a multitude of sins.