Love covers a multitude of sins.
(And plenty other things too.)
It was Love that took on all of our sins, died on a cross and rose that we might not feel the sting of death. It was Love that took all of our mess and threw it in the lake of forgetfulness, never to be replayed or rehashed at random. It was Love that showed Himself strong against the temptation of the enemy as an example to us that we may also resist temptation. It is Love that looks waaaayyyyy past all our faults and saw all of our needs. It is Love blessing us. It is Love showing us the way to love someone else. It is Love covering us.
This is a huge challenge for all of God's people; to be the first to give Love and to use Love as a blanket to cover our brothers and sisters. Sometimes things hurt us so badly that it is hard to see past the initial hurt and see the Love, but it is there. Sometimes you have to look way deep down inside to see the it, but it is there. I have experienced times where I have not been so forgiving or loving because of the pain. But Love still covered me.
I thank God that He is so forgiving and forgetting when it comes to areas where I may fall short. Sometimes I forget how much He has forgiven me. However, He usually gently reminds me, "But for the grace of God, there go I."
I am learning that it is through my Faith in Christ that I have been forgiven, that grace abounds for each of us and that I must used all of my words in wisdom to be a blessing to you. I must cover you because I am being covered. Now I am not talking about hiding sin or allowing it to run rampant. Trust me, if you need correction, correction you will receive. But I am talking about non-sin issues, issues of everyday life, those things that are not unto death. I am talking about having each others back, especially when we are falling short or have some shortcomings; encouraging each other to move forward, press on, to try harder and to be better.
From this point on, I must remember to remember all that He has done for me. I must extend to my brothers and sisters the same grace that God has given me. I must extend my hand to help and not use my words to hurt. My opportunity comes everyday when I wake up. "Brand new mercies I see, Great is His Faithfulness, unto me."
Sisters, take some time and remember to forgive: the hurts, the pain, the hard times, the lies, the discouragement, etc. Chose to celebrate, congratulate, and participate in the lives of others.
Love is always covering us, even when we forget to cover each other.
MiVida es de Oro!
My Life is Golden!
Shoes by Highest Heel ~ Audrey