A Covering Love

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 4:7-11

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (v. 8 NIV)

To live the life of heaven is to live a life of love. When Christians practice an
unwavering love for each other; when a college professor, a single mom, and a security
guard sit at table together, offer hospitality to each other, and minister to each other
according to the grace given each; then we are witnessing not only a bit of heaven but
also the seeds of the new creation. The old order of power and privilege is passing away,
and the new order of care and mutuality is near.

This love is to be a deeply rooted way of life among us, not fickle or unreliable, not
depending on how we feel or on the circumstances of our day.

Finally, this love covers a multitude of sins. It knows when to look the other way.
It’s said that love is blind. But those who say that are thinking of infatuation. Real
love does not look on the other with naive eyes or blinders. It sees the flaws, but
it sees more in the other than what the cold observer sees.

This love looks with generous eyes, not critical eyes. It is merciful. It argues that
perhaps there is some extenuating circumstance for poor behavior. And especially, it
forgives. It does not keep a record of the wrongs that others have done but buries past
injuries in unmarked graves.

PRAYER

Gracious God, may our love forgive as readily as your love forgives us. Amen.