Love Covers It AllBro. David Chancellor
4/4/2010 6:00 PM
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
This verse gives a contrast between hatred and love. Hatred has a chip on its shoulder. Love covers all sins. Sin takes in all kinds of evil, but love covers it all. This talks about things done against us that feel evil. Love covers all things like this. The covering isn’t hiding or approving it. It isn’t being an accomplice to wrong, but being able to bear the wrong done against us. Love gives us what it takes to get beyond wrongs done to us.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
1) All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all find ourselves in the place of having offended God. We all needed his forgiveness. There’s no need to go around with an unforgiving attitude toward others.
2) The sins of the past are forgiven through the forbearance of God. God loved you enough to have mercy on you. Without his mercy, there would be no way to be reconciled to him. His love covers all sins. All sins are done against God. They are an offense to him … and yet, he has forbearance.
3) "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." God’s forbearance doesn’t cause him to condone sin. The love of God in us covers all sin (forgives and lets go of) done to us. It covers all offenses done to us. We don’t condone sin, but we can forgive it and let go of it. If we get a wrong attitude, we won’t stand guiltless before God.
God can be both just and merciful. With the love of God in us, we can be merciful and forgiving without condoning the wrong done.
And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Love covered a multitude of sins. These had done many things against Jesus but Jesus said, "…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." They took and parted his stuff between them. Can we bear people taking our stuff? They made light of him. Can we handle people making fun of us? As Jesus faced all of life’s difficulties and trouble, he forgave sins because of the love of God in him. This is a great demonstration of love covering all sins.
As we see people do hurtful things, can we consider that they don’t know what they’re doing? Can we think that they don’t realize the consequences?
God wanted things to be different for these. Love covers all sin.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
We’re surrounded by a great many witnesses. We have the benefit of history and the Bible. Compared to many before us, we’ve seen essentially nothing. We need to lay aside the things done against us. Put those things aside and run with patience the race before you. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Consider what he endured. Jesus endured offenses all the way to death and still had that love that covers all sin. Have the love that covers all offenses. We may have to take some things. Jesus resisted, not by fighting back, but by having love there to cover it. Do you have enough love to cover all sins? Can you forgive? Things will come to beset us. Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow his example. Manifest God’s love in all the pressures of life. Love should be able to cover all kinds of things. We have no control over whether others love us or not, but we do control the love that’s in us to others. Do you have enough love to cover what is done against you?
1 Peter 4:7-8
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
"But the end of all things is at hand…" If the end was close then, what is it now? Closer. "…be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." We need to be focused on God. "…And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves…" We must have it in ourselves for this to be true. Fervent charity begins in us. Ask God for it. "…for charity shall cover the multitude of sins…" We don’t believe in a sinning church, nor do we condone wickedness in the body of Christ. At times, though, we will offend each other and step on toes … without meaning to. Misunderstandings happen. We’ll wear on each other. Love covers all of that. Do we have enough love in us that, whatever happens, we’ll love each other and God? People often get offended at others and take it out on God. Be sober. Watch and pray. Keep loving God and others. If we’re having trouble there we need to seek God about it. Consider what Jesus went through. Get God’s love to cover what you’re facing.