Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other,
for love covers a multitude of sins. [1Peter 4:8 NLT]
I have found this verse to be one of the most practical ones when it comes to my daily living. Something rises up in me when people hurt me. My initial reaction is to reject them. To lash out. To hurt them back. Then something deeper rises up. It says let love cover their offense. Let good conquer evil.
As Jesus was being nailed to the cross he cried out forgiving those who were inflicting him pain. In truth that is our model of what love really looks like. Like Jesus we are called to a life of forgiving those who cause us pain and suffering. Like him we are called to show deep love and forgiveness for each other.
I am weak Lord. Teach me. Help me. To forgive. To cover the sins of those who hurt me with love.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.