God Promises He Will Cover Our Sins With His Love – (1st Peter 4:8)
My love covers a multitude of sins.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
The word used here for “fervent” means to stretch oneself to the absolute breaking point. Picture a runner who is moving as fast as they can, using every muscle in their body and every ounce of strength in order to win the race and achieve the prize. This is the picture that this passage is painting with its use of the word “fervent.” Moreover, Peter is telling us that we are to use this kind of energy, this kind of drive and this attitude when seeking to serve others and looking out for the spiritual good of those around us. We are called by God to put the welfare of others, and their spiritual needs, ahead of our own desires. And even more amazing we are called to do so despite being treated unkindly, ungraciously or with hostility. Because we know the love of Jesus and because we know what awaits those who are lost. We are to be like the athlete in a race, doing what we can for God’s kingdom and the salvation of souls. We are doing so, because God has given us the responsibility to pursue those who do not know Jesus. The Bible tells us that we were created in the “image of God.”
This is significant, because this phrase doesn’t mean we look like God, it means we are “image bearers,” of God. This phrase means that every person was made by God to use their time, talents and abilities to reflect or show the love of God to others and the world around us. We are called to use the blessings God has given us to help those we can help. Moreover, we are to do so remembering what God has done for us! We are to remember the salvation which the Lord has freely given to us, the result of which is the future inheritance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. God, because of His extreme love for us sent of Himself; He sent Jesus who took on flesh. Jesus the eternal God of Heaven, stepped out of eternity, took on humanity and became like one of us. He did so in order that He could suffer and die on the Cross of Calvary for us. He did this for one reason and one reason alone. And that reason was to reconcile us, sinful humanity, in disharmony with God, back to God the Father. Jesus did this so we could spend eternity with Him. It cost Him everything, so it would cost us nothing to have eternal life through Him. God’s mercy and grace are a free gift to those who place their faith in Jesus alone, believing He is who He claimed to be, that is the very God of Heaven.