Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. (1 Peter 4:8, Amplified)
Love covers. Love doesn’t expose. Love doesn’t talk about the failings of others. Love covers a multitude of sins.
We see an example of this in Genesis 9:20-23 (KJV).
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
It goes on to say that Noah called his younger son’s descendents cursed. And he spoke a blessing over his other two sons. Ham could have covered his father’s sin without mentioning it to his brothers. But he didn’t. His brothers so loved their father, they didn’t even want to look on his sin as they covered him.
I have yet to meet the perfect person. I have yet to be the perfect person. We all need mercy and grace. We all have moments in our lives that need to be covered. Let’s have compassion on one another. Let’s cover one anothers’ sins. Let’s forgive and pray for one another. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31).
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1, KJV)
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)
I remember the first time I ever heard this. I had been reared in church my entire life and had never heard this from the pulpit nor was it demostrated in my home. The man who was telling me was doing so in love as I was uncovering the sins of my husband to him. It was very humbling. Thanks for reminding me!