Love Covers

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)

Today’s The Day

We’re here, Election Day 2008! I spent much of the day in prayer yesterday over the elections, the nation, and more. During a prayer time at my church, something came up in my heart and I’d like to share it with you.

Regardless of who is elected today from the President all the way down to local offices, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 doesn’t change. We are still to pray for those in authority “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. These prayers are on behalf of all men for God wishes all men to be saved.

As I was praying yesterday, it occurred to me for the first time, to pray Hebrews 13:20-21 from the Amplified Bible over our government and over our leaders.

Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace]… Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

Back in 1 Timothy 2 it says that “such [praying]”, praying for leaders and those in authority, “is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior. Who wishes all men to be saved…” (Amplified).

The government of this nation, the leaders of this nation are here to serve and be a blessing to the people of this nation. I think we should help them by praying that God would make them what they ought to be God and to the people they serve. They ought to be strong and courageous. They ought to be wise and just. They ought to be servants of the people. They ought to be honest and upright. They should, as Solomon prayed, have understanding hearts. In the King James the footnote says that ‘understanding’ means ‘hearing’.

In the Amplified 1 Kings 3:9 reads, “So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?”

Our prayers made a difference in the elections of the past and they will make a difference today as well. And it is the “earnest (heartfelt, continued)” prayers of righteous men, women and children that will continue to make “tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16, Amplified).

Let’s make tremendous power available for this nation, its leaders and her people through our prayers of faith and love.

Don’t forget to pray and vote today!