1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
The above quotation is taken from Proverbs 10:12, “ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” It is clear from the context that it is our love that will ‘cover’ the sins of others. I remember Pastor Al Martin saying years ago that our hearts will either manufacture magnifying glasses to enlarge the sins of others or blankets which will cover their sins. Neither the Apostle nor Solomon are saying that sin does not matter or that it ought never to be confronted, but simply expressing what will happen in our relationships when love and grace are the dominant notes. In recent months I have been meditating upon these verses from a somewhat ‘reversed’ position. That is to say when love and grace dominate in your life that love will cover a multitude of your sins in the sight of others. When your own life is flavored with grace and mercy, by love and affection for others it is often (not always…see 2 Cor. 12:15 ) given back to you in kind. It is hard to find much fault in large hearted, loving, serving, child of God. Perhaps I should say, it is hard to fixate upon those faults. Their faults are minimized by the predominance of their gracious character. The same holds true of churches. It is easy to find fault and to nit-pick when a congregation seems cold, indifferent, and distant. If a true child of God notices in the pastors and in people a heart of love they can put up with a lot of ‘faults’ and even real sins. He may not be the best preacher I’ve ever heard, but I’ll gladly listen to him if I know he loves me. They may not have the best music or facilities and their doctrine may be skewed in this area or that, but they are marked not by their deficiencies but by their love. Our own hearts will often produce blankets in others.