7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Many a person has said of their own sin, “This is about me only, I am not hurting anyone else” but sin rarely is isolated, we do end up hurting our friends and family. Peter is not suggesting some kind of “cover up” or denial but a way to relate to each other after promises have been broken and destructive behaviors went unchecked. The way to respond after sin comes “out of the closet” is to respond in love. “Love is patient, love is kind, love keeps no record of wrongs . . . love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13) (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray this prayer today: (from Common Radicals) “May the peace of the Lord Christ go with me: wherever He may send me; may He guide me through the wilderness: protect me through the storm; may He bring me home rejoicing: at the wonders He has shown me; may He bring me home rejoicing: once again into my door”