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“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4: 8
When we really love someone, we tend to find it easy to excuse some of the negative things they do. Think of a mother whose teenage son is facing juvenile detention for something bad he’s done. Though the mother knows what he did was wrong, she will never stop worrying about her son or wanting to care for and protect him. Her love reaches beyond his faults.
Christ’s love looks beyond our faults, too. As multitudinous as our sins may be, for the sake of love, He never lets go of us, and He pursues us day in and day out. Even when we deliberately try to run away from Him, He still goes after us. How deep the love of Jesus is!
This same love has not only been extended towards us, but it has been placed in us so that we can have compassion and mercy on those who need love the most. Therefore, we must remember the depth of love that we have access to, even in those moments when people are hurting us most. The same love the Father has extended to us, we extend to others.
When you let the love of Christ flow through you, you will find that it becomes easy for you to love others, overlook their errors, and even help to shield them from the destructive consequences of their actions. Scripture tells us that it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. As you love someone regardless of their faults, you might be surprised to discover what your kindness will lead them to do. Let God’s nature of love flow through you today.
Dear Father, I thank you for making me the expression of your love. I will let you love flow through me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Studies: 1 Corinthians 14: 4-8, 1 John 4: 17
From “Proverbs 31 Devotionals: 365 Daily Devotions For God’s Daughters”