Love Each Other Deeply

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8, NIV*

The Apostle Peter places a lot of emphasis in this letter on how Christians should conduct ourselves in relationships and in hardships. He’s already told us to “love one another deeply, from the heart [or from a pure heart]” (1 Peter 1:22b, NIV)

Now he reminds us again to love deeply, and says it covers a multitude of sins. He’s been urging us to live well in relationship, and I think this is the “how”.

Most translations that I checked speak of love covering sins. (I love Bible Gateway). The Message expresses it as “love makes up for practically anything.”  The Amplified Bible says love “forgives and disregards the offenses of others.

Peter’s not saying love will turn a blind eye, excuse or enable wicked or destructive behaviour. It seems to me the “sins” love covers are twofold:

People are irritating (rumour has it, this includes me!). If I choose to ignore the thing(s) that grate me in another person, choose to focus on that person’s value and to love him or her, that helps me obey Peter’s teaching and live like Jesus.

And by choosing to love rather than to be critical, I’m dealing with or negating sin in my own life. Jesus had lots to say about being critical and judgmental.

Father, You know true, Christ-like love doesn’t come naturally… or easily. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who longs to produce it in me. Please help me learn to rest more in Him and not hinder His fruit in me. Help me to love others, because You love them. Thank You for loving me too.

For this week’s song, I chose Don Francisco’s “I Could Never Promise You,” which is often thought of as a wedding song but which I think applies just as well to all of a Christian’s relationships. How can we promise to love others without Jesus’ enabling? At the end of the video there’s some conversation about that.

*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

3 thoughts on “Love Each Other Deeply

  1. Margaret

    Joanna,

    We should all think on how deeply Jesus has loved us so that we are moved to love others in the same manner….. Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners….. And, sad to say, we still sin, but strive to live for Him.

    Sometimes I think about how Jesus’ love and depth of concern led Him to say, “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees!”….. Jesus’ warning and teaching was all given with the greatest love — and yet, they bitterly refused the love given to save their souls….. Sometimes love has to give warnings and chidings as we hear throughout God’s word, because love is eternal — not just for feeling good about ourselves in the here and now.

    Guess what I’m trying to say is that when God sees fit to chide me through the word of another, I want to see it in the right way and be corrected to live more for the Lord….. You said it much better in your post. 🙂

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  2. joannamallory

    Annka, when you put it like that, doesn’t it sounds like an exciting opportunity? And even when we might not feel loving and kind, God’s Spirit in us hasn’t changed. For me, that means I have to remember to do it His way and not mine.

    Margaret, you’re right about love giving warnings as well as warm fuzzies. I’m so glad God knows what each of us needs. And it’s much easier when He corrects me through His own ways than when a person speaks it… it’s easy to get defensive and to wonder if the person is speaking God’s truth or their own opinion.

    Thank you both for stopping by. God bless you today!

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