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Love Covers Sin

1 Peter 4:8 KJV

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins.

The commandment of the New Testament is love! The first and greatest commandment is to love God and secondly to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). The church of the living God is to be known by our love for each other (John 13:34-35). If you are going to walk in God’s best you are going to have to walk in the love of God!

Did you know that it is not our responsibility to find and discuss the faults of others? It is not our responsibility to examine everyone else’s life to see where they are wrong. The word of God tells us that we are to examine and judge ourselves, not others (2 Corinthians 13:5). I sometimes think that there would be little to no conversation if the faults and failures of others were left out. 

Our topic today is a foreign concept to most, but it is still the word of God! Love, God’s love, covers the multitude of sins. The word “cover” here means “to cover up, veil, hide, or hinder the knowledge of a thing.” In 1 Corinthians 13, which we call the love chapter, verse 7 says, “love beareth all things.” The word “beareth” means “to roof over, to cover in silence the errors and faults of others.” You need to understand that if you are walking in the love of God the errors and faults of others is not a part of your conversation! This is a major hindrance in most Christians walk with God and they don’t even see it. Your faith will not work when you are out of love (Galatians 5:6). Your faith is how you walk with God and how you receive from God. If your language is about how others have done you wrong and how they are wrong, you are not walking in the love of God.

On another note, be on guard of others who come to you talking about the faults and failures of others. They are not in love and they will only lead you wrong. Your guard should go up immediately when this happens. 

Thank God he forgives us! If this applies to you, simply ask God to forgive you, and he will do just that. Then, if you want to see good days and have a life you enjoy, watch your mouth (1 Peter 3:10). As Dr. Hagin used to say, “If you get out from under the umbrella of love, jump back in as fast as you can.” God is with us!

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