Last night a verse came to my mind and I’m not sure what triggered it. Maybe it was the Lord. I don’t know. I pray for leading on what to share in these devotionals. I don’t always know if I’m following God’s leading or my own. That can be kind of a subjective thing and we can sometimes get it wrong – where we think we are operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit but in reality our flesh is calling the shots! That’s a humbling realization at times.
But the verse that came to mind was 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
He said we are to do it “earnestly” with the thought in mind that “love covers a multitude of sins”.
It’s possible sometimes we think we are more loving than we actually are. This can become a blind spot in our walk with God if we are not paying attention. It is so easy to read a devotional and think, “Yeah, yeah – okay I’m supposed to love people. Blah blah blah. Tell me something I don’t know – something new.”
Jesus who said, “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” It wasn’t new. But the way He loved and taught about love was new! And I think many of us give ourselves too much credit for how loving we really are. We act as though we have the “loving” thing down. But if our actions and words were examined more closely – maybe there is room for improvement after all. Hitting close to home? If so, just keep in mind that it does for me too.
All of us should ask God, “Lord am I being unloving in how I am treating a brother or sister in Christ? If so, show me and convict me in my heart of this and help me by changing my actions toward them and my words about them. And God by your grace I will make a concerted effort to do the right thing and I will count on you to supply the feelings to make it more genuine so that I’m not just going through the motions. Help me Lord to love the body of Christ, my church family the way you have loved me. In the name of your Son Jesus, Amen!”