1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.
If we really love each other, we can look past each other’s flaws.
An elderly couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. A young woman asked the older woman what her secret was to such a long marriage. She said, “Before we married, I decided that I would make a list of all the things that I would overlook for the sake of our marriage. I never got around to writing that list. But every time my husband really ticked me off with something, I’d point my finger and look at him and say, ‘Harold, you’re lucky that’s on the list!'”
If we want long-lasting relationships, we have to look past each other’s flaws. In this chapter, Peter talks about how we can do this because of God’s grace. The Lord loves us despite our sins and failures. Think of all the times we must frustrate him. However, His love for us is never-ending.
Do you let go of the mistakes of others? Or do you hang on to them, letting your frustrations fester? How can you offer more of God’s grace to others through your behavior?
Dear Lord, please help me learn to love deeply. Help me to forgive and forget for the sake of my relationships with others. Let your Spirit fill me so I can offer grace to others, just as You offer it to me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Submitted by: Holli Moseman