Memorize: 1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Read: Luke 15:11-32
Sin is synonymous to riotous living. Anyone who commits sin is one who leads a reckless life against another, principally, God. When anyone so lives, and realizes his folly to make him return to his God, the Lord forgives him of his recklessness and remembers it no more. We all seek to be like God as we are created in His image and likeness anyway. Yet, we refuse to forgive them that trespass against us. Some are quick to say they are willing to forgive but cannot forget. In which case, they are far from being like God.
What God demands is that we be perfect even as He is perfect. What accounts for the ability to forgive and forget? Love. When you love someone genuinely, you are blind to the faults of the same. Even when the faults are shored up to you by the enemy (accuser of the brethren) you are quick to forgive and forget when you find a remorse and repentance. It is the lack of love that makes offense to linger in the heart. The more you dwell on it, the more you injure yourself. It was because of love that the father of the prodigal son in Christ’s parable received him back. Love covers a multitude of sins. It does not matter what a beloved had done before, because of love, they are forgiven and forgotten. The prodigal already squandered his inheritance. By all known law, he is no longer entitled to anything. Yet the father, in love, waived the penalty and received him to fresh inheritance.
The Lord wants us to love one another in this manner. But when you start listing occasions of sin against your brother how can you ever have the heart to forgive him not to talk of forget? Refusal to love is a direct disobedience to the command of God. Being adamant is dangerous. Let love take over your heart. Don’t be counted among those who lack the capacity to love. Let your love for one another cover for you, multitude of sins. Be loving and therefore forgiving
Father, thank you for creating me in the image of Love. Let me exhibit that image from now even unto the end by not counting sins against my neighbor in Jesus name.