Proverbs 10:12 - Love Conquers Sin
Prov 10:12 (KJV) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth
1 Pet 4:8 (KJV) And above all things have fervent charity among
yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
James 5:20 (KJV) Let him know, that he which converteth the
sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and
shall hide a multitude of sins.
TEV Remember this: whoever turns a sinner back from his wrong
way will save that sinner's soul from death, and bring about the
forgiveness of many sins.
NEB Be sure of this: any man who brings a sinner back from his
crooked ways will be rescuing his soul from death and cancelling
1 Co.4:5, more than likely, causes most of us to gulp hard! Too
often we are not careful, especially when it comes to judging others
spiritually. We can only guess what someone else's motives are. But that
will not always be the case. There is coming a day when Jesus will
bring to light all that was hidden in darkness and will expose the
motives of men's hearts. Until then, let us try to give the benefit of
the doubt where we can, and remain silent on the other cases. Many
of us have been hurt by others; many of us have also hurt others.
We need to leave the judging to Jesus and go on as best we can in
difficult situations. This is the meaning of "love covers a multitude of
sins." When tempted to judge to condemn someone, ask for God's special
love, and you will be strengthened. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
If a brother has done you an injury, my Christian friend, you
are not to seek revenge, nor even to harbor a desire for
retaliation; but you should pity him; he has need of your pity. Have the same
feelings of compassion for him that you would have others manifest for
you if you were enshrouded in darkness. Call to mind the many times
that you have erred, and made mistakes in your life-work; and
remember how hard it has been to find the right way when you had once
left it. If you have the Spirit of Christ abiding in you, no unkind
words will fall from your lips. You will not push your brother into
greater darkness, but with a heart full of pity you will tell him of his
danger. You will get down and pray with him, and perhaps save his soul
from death, and thus cover a multitude of sins. What right have you
to pursue any other course than this? If you do, you walk contrary
to the rule given by God, and grieve his Holy Spirit. ST 01-06-87
Follow the way of love.
When you are troubled, share your problems with God alone.
Recently I read the personal experience of a precious child of God. It
made such an impression on me that I would like to relate it to you
"At midnight I found myself completely unable to sleep," she
wrote. "Waves of cruel injustice were sweeping over me, and the
covering of love seemed to have been unknowingly removed from my heart.
In great agony I cried to God for the power to obey His admonition,
'Love covers over all wrongs.'
"Immediately His Spirit began to work the power into me that
ultimately brought about forgetfulness. I mentally dug a grave,
deliberately throwing the dirt out until the hole was very deep. With sorrow,
I lowered the offense that had wounded me into the grave and
quickly shoveled the soil over it. Then I carefully covered the hole
with green sod, planted beautiful white loses and forget-me-nots on
top, and briskly walked away
"Suddenly restful sleep came to me. And the wound that had
seemed so deadly was healed without a scar. God's love has covered so
completely that today I cannot remember what caused my grief." [Streams in
the Desert by Cowman]