January 21

Power Of Love

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

As Christians, we know that we are to walk in love but only the blood of Jesus can cover sin. So, how does our deeply loving others play into this spiritual mystery?

Walking in love is to walk in the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This is God’s holy, perfect love that is for us, and not against us. It is kind, respectful, patient and other-centered. It is willing to overlook offenses, forgive and forbear with others to maintain the relationship. It keeps no record of wrongs, but instead prays for difficult people and strained relationships. This love recognizes that our battle is not against each other but is really against evil spirits who are putting hateful thoughts in our minds to destroy relationships and hinder God’s people in every way! So, instead of taking offence (the devil’s bait) and falling into Satan’s trap by judging, berating or disrespecting others, a Christian must resist the devil and fight back with the most powerful weapon there is—God’s gracious love! (Ephesians 6:10-18)

When we do things God’s way, good things happen. I have seen wayward children and backslidden spouses return to the Lord, because they were so convicted by the Christian’s gracious behavior toward them. They felt the presence and power of the Lord reaching out to them from that Godly person and wanted that kind of relationship with Him for themselves! When we obediently walk in Godly love, a multitude of sins are covered over including: the sins of the wayward person when they repent; our own trespasses when we forgive them (as promised in the Lord’s Prayer); and the sins we may have committed had we taken the devil’s bait!

In James’ epistle, he shows us how our obedience to this precept can save a person from death and hell: “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins” (James 5:19). When we love enough to reach out to those falling into sin, our loving obedience may snatch them from the devil's trap!

Prayer for today: “Our gracious and loving Father God, we ask You to help us be more like You and Your Son, Jesus Christ. May Your perfect love guide us and draw others to You, Jesus, that their sins may be covered over by Your precious blood! Amen.”

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”