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LOVE AND OFFENCE ............What Does love covers multitude of sins mean?

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What does love covers multitude of sins mean?

The bible says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 and Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” 

The writer of Proverbs was trying to compare love and hatred.  These two are opposite of each other.  While hatred stirs up strife, love covers all sins.  It is instructive to all believers that hatred of anything would stir up strife and no matter how bad a person may be, how wicked a person may be, we should love all men - knowing there is no perfect person.

People would say that loving the enemy you know has been dealing with you is not easy...That's true, but the Lord expects us to know that it is His protection and mercy that has protected us from such enemies.  So, when we love such wicked people, whether they are colleagues or neighbours, we are literally saying that our God is stronger than their wickedness.

This is my personal opinion, such love does not means the person loving his enemy should be careless - NO!  You need to continue to pray and shield yourself and family from every evil from any source.  You must continue to nullify and cancel every wickedness done against you and your family in the spirit in prayer and in the even, victory is sure.

To “cover” sin is to forgive it, and forgiveness is associated with love. The best example of a love that covers sin is Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf. Jesus’ prayer from the cross, “Father, forgive them,” says it all (Luke 23:34). Jesus’ bearing of our iniquities was an undeniable act of love. In fact, Jesus did more than just cover our sin; He did away with it completely (Hebrews 6:5).

First Corinthians 13 tells us that love “keeps no record of wrongs” (verse 5). When we love each other, we are willing to forgive each other. Love covers sin in that it is willing to forgive.

Love also covers over a multitude of sins in that it does not gossip about sin. Rather than share the offences of our brothers and sisters in Christ with anyone who will listen, we exercise discretion and restraint. Matthew 18:15–17 instructs us on the appropriate way to confront those who sin. 

Another thing love does is protect (1 Corinthians 13:7). Love does not cover over a multitude of sin by sweeping matters under the rug. Some have appealed to the forgiving nature of love in their attempt to hide indiscretion. For example, rather than report child abuse, a church might cover it up. This is not what true love does. Love protects by helping both the victim and the offender, and it also strives to prevent further offenses.

Love covering sin also does not mean we disregard our own emotions or ignore our personal boundaries. We cannot “cover” sin by denying that it hurt us. We cover sin by acknowledging it and then extending the forgiveness God has given us to others.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:4–7). 

Another way that love covers over a multitude of sins is choosing not to take offense at everything.  If we are patient, not envious or self-seeking, we are much less likely to even take offense. Acting in love means we put others before ourselves. 

Love can cover a multitude of sin in that, love forbears the offences of others.  when we act in true love, we are prone to overlook minor offenses, tolerate the provocations, and forgive the sin.

Forbearance is love covering multitude of sin in the sense that someone deliberately offends you, by taking a deliberate action that its consequences can be imagined, only to say he/she is sorry.  When you forgive that person and you should forgive...because we are all human, no one is perfect and without error, so that God will forgive your own errors and retain your name in the Lamb book of life.

When you forgive that person and forget the matter, it shall be well with you! 

Friends, Jesus Christ is coming soon.  Prepare to meet your Lord and Saviour clothed with spotless garment. He knows you, where you live and what you are struggling with.  He wants to help you, if you will come to Him today. 

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and accept His son Jesus as Saviour and Lord of your life. He will give you a new life, victory and eternal life. 

Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 

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