“And above all things have fervent [love] among yourselves: for [love] shall cover the multitude of sins.”I Peter 4:8
When Rebekah and I were engaged, she needed tires for her car. She was low on funds at the time, so I offered to take her car and put some tires on it. She felt bad and even offered to pay me back for the money I had dished out. It is safe to say that I was not losing sleep over the matter as I trusted her and knew she was good for it.
We were a few months away from our wedding at that time, but wanted to be proactive and take care of some things sooner rather than later. We decided we would put our finances together, and since we banked at the same institution, this was quite easy. We showed up at the bank and closed both of our individual accounts and transferred them into a new joint checking account. We were both excited as things were starting to become real, and we were taking big steps toward our wedding day. We signed the papers, and left with our new debit cards, check book and paperwork.
As we walked out of the bank, I had a big cheesy grin on my face until a thought dawned on me…Rebekah owed me money for the tires. I realized that I was never going to get paid back for the money I had paid out, and then understood the debt would just have to be forgiven. I wasn’t mad that I was out the money, but I teased Rebekah that this was her plan all along. We still have a laugh about the tires to this day, but I was in love so the debt was easily forgiven and I thought nothing of it.
We are to have such a love for one another that we are willing to look past the faults of others even when they trespass against us. Proverbs 10:12 states, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” When we love as we should, we are willing to forgive and not stir up strife. We are not quick to point out every offense, and we are not so easily offended. I think of our Lord whose love for us covered all of our sins. He looked past our faults and willingly obeyed the Father. We gave him every reason not to love us, but He loved us all the more. He chose to love us, and that love carried Him to the cross to die for our sins. He was the prime example of what love is, and without God there is no love.
Are you quick to point out every offense committed against you? Are you quick to forgive the debts of others or do you carry in your mind an Excel spreadsheet listing the past faults of others? Do you love fervently those around you, or do you make excuses for why someone is difficult to love? I struggle to love people who are hard cases for me, but I must remind myself that I was a hard case as well – a hard case that God chose to love and sent His Son to die for. Do you realize the love that covered your sins? Are you willing to love one another and to look past their sins against you? May we be humbled by the love of our Father toward us, and may we compassionately and fervently love one another.