Prov.10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
I sure am glad that Jesus’ love was available to me. I was never an alcoholic, a thief, or a drug addict, but I was rebellious, selfish and lazy. In God’s eyes, sin is sin. There is no hierarchy of sin. If you have sinned in any way – even if you’ve just told what we call a “white lie” then you are guilty of all! James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Guess what! I’m guilty!
I can recall many times when I failed my parents, and others. I’ve developed an almost automatic response of “I’m sorry!” when something goes wrong! I’ve had to go to lots of people, young and old alike, and apologize – usually for something I’ve said that came out wrong! Not one time has anyone said “No, Valerie, I can’t forgive you.” Everyone has said “It’s okay. I forgive you.” You know, at that moment, when someone forgives me, I just feel like a ton of bricks has been lifted from my shoulders! It’s wonderful! That’s what love will do for you – it covers up your mistakes. It frees you from guilt, anger or resentment.
If you love someone, then you’ll forgive them, you’ll free them from guilt or maybe you’ll only be freeing yourself from the bondage of bitterness. Either way, you win.
Love received – such as Christ’s love – will free you from guilt, sin and an eternity in Hell. Again, it’s a win/win situation.
I recently heard a song called “To Rescue A Sinner Like Me” and man, was it great! I want to get the music for it. The words spoke to my heart. It talks about how unworthy we are and yet Jesus came and died to rescue a sinner like me! Folks, that’s really hard for me to understand, because I know what I am. Yet His love covered my sin.
Praise the Lord.