Love CoversChurch & Relationships
Daniel 4:27 “Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed…”
I thought it strange that Daniel would say such a thing to the Babylonian King, as if his good works could cancel out his bad…but then again, this is the Old Testament. In fact, we find this principle all throughout scripture:
Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”
The writers are not trying to say that our good works outweigh our bad or that our love for others pays the debt of sin we have accumulated. That was dealt with by Christ, and Christ alone. The fact is, love fills the voids left by sin and destruction. Love forgives, love restores, love keeps no record of wrongs.
Even though the failures, the brokenness and the sin still exist in the past, love can cover up their effects and repercussions for the future. Like putting filler over holes and cracks in the wall, love covers a multitude of sins. The hole still exists underneath but it’s covered up and hidden from sight.
That’s what God did with our lives. Just as the father of the prodigal son fetched a robe quickly to cover up his sons shame, our sinful and shameful lives were covered up with the robe of Christ. You may ask, “Who’s sin does our love cover… ours or theirs?” Both! The love of God flowing through you and into others covers both yours and their failures.