"Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins."
1 Peter 4:8 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Leading up to this verse, Simon-Peter has been writing to all of the area churches, encouraging all to be the embodiment of Christ. We are to "maintain constant love for one another." The love that Simon-Peter is talking about here is a divine love. This type of love (Agape) is something that is foreign to us, but is only possible through the Holy Spirit within us. It is the same love that we receive from God through Christ. This is the reason "love covers a multitude of sins." So, in order to love like God loves us, we have to know and have experienced His love. A love that is unconditional, holds out hope, full of forgiveness, and holding no record of wrongs. Now THAT is a grace-filled love. If we really loved others like this, I don’t think there would be a whole lot of shame over sin or doubts. If you knew that you could speak the things normally kept in your heart or your head without fear of being judged or cast away, wouldn’t that free you to be more vulnerable? I know it would for me. That’s one of the many reasons for these thoughts.
Prayer for today: I pray that we would openly accept the full, unconditional love of God. So much so, that we would feel free to share with each other the things that complicate or come between us and our heavenly Father. Out of faith, we would begin to lower the walls of our hearts to allow the love of God AND the love of fellow believers to start the healing process for our souls.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…