1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
The word love in this verse is talking about agape love, the kind of love God has for us. We, too, can have this kind of love for others when we choose to love them with the love Christ. It is easy to love those who love us, but more difficult to love those who don’t love us or treat us well.
The word “cover” means “cover up, remove”, it is compared to a word in the Hebrew that means to make atonement or reconciliation. If we love others with the love of Christ, we will be able to be reconciled to them by removing their sin from our hearts and minds.
Notice the verse didn’t say love those who are easy to love, but simply “love each other” which means to love everyone. In addition, it is clear that this is more than the fleeting feeling we think of when we think of love because it says “love each other deeply”. Think about the people you love deeply. This verse calls us to love everyone that way and one way to walk out that love is to be reconciled to them.
We can’t be reconciled to others who hurt us on our own because we hold onto the hurt, replay the hurtful words or situations over and over in our minds. However, the Holy Spirit empowers us to love others with the love of Christ.
What conversations or situations are you replaying over and over in your mind? Hand them over to the Lord and ask His Spirit to help you love the person who offended or hurt you with His love so their sin and the wounds they caused can be removed from your heart and mind.
How different would your relationships be if you allowed love to cover a multitude of sins? How different would our world be if we all walked out this truth?