I was on my way to hell and my
grandmother prayed for me…did that
cover my sins? No….it did not. It did
eventually lead me to Christ and
my being saved allowed Jesus to cover my
sins. No human love can
cover my sins directly.
“I” have to make the choice to be saved. I
believe my grandmothers prayers prepared my heart to receive the
truth of the Gospel. There’s a chain reaction here and I want to talk about it.
There are far too many interpretations of this one scripture…far too many.
No one in their right mind who sees the familiar verse: “Love covers a multitude of sins.” is going to think of it as explosive; but it is.
But, like most believers, I made the mistake of trying to dissect it without looking at the entire Chapter. That’s where the heat comes in. In 1 Peter Chapter 4 , Peter is talking to the church and he lsys out all of the warnings and traps.
He says that the world talks about Christians and how strange they are. That’s a given. Let’s go on.
Then he says those same people will be judged along with the rest of us. He tells us that the end is near and that we must watch and be prayerful. He tells us to love them not as though we are to look away from their sins; but that when we see their sins; we are to be moved to action from a loving heart; with a diligence to save their souls! The sav ing of their souls will cover their sins and keep them out of hell.
That’s the kind of love that can cover a multitude of sins.
That word multitude…means a great many…but we never see the word all.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHAIN REACTION:
1. Someone you know is living a life on sin…rather yet a lifestyle that is the direct opposite of bible dictates. (SOMEONE CROSSES YOUR PATH)
2. You begin to pray for them and if led to minister to them about giving their life to Christ. You also begin to disciple them. Your human capability of love allows you to do this . (YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO BIBLE TEACHINGS AND THE LEAD OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.)
3. They get saved and The Love of Christ has redeemed them. (THEIR SINS ARE COVERED)
Obviously Love can’t cover all sin…because everyone doesn’t get saved…they have a choice…and they can choose to ignore the call of salvation and if they do…love can’t cover them. No one will like this…but if you haven’t decided what to do yet…think about where you want to spend your eternity. It’s a no brainer!
Love doesn’t cover all sin. There is some sin that leads to death. I don’t know know which ones…but I want to point you away from that today. Do you want to know Jesus? If so, please click here: http://www.claybe.com
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1 Peter 4:8 (King James Version)
3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
3For the time that is past already suffices for doing what the Gentiles like to do–living [as you have done] in shameless, insolent wantonness, in lustful desires, drunkenness, reveling, drinking bouts and abominable, lawless idolatries.
4They are astonished and think it very queer that you do not now run hand in hand with them in the same excesses of dissipation, and they abuse [you].
5But they will have to give an account to Him Who is ready to judge and pass sentence on the living and the dead.
6For this is why the good news (the Gospel) was preached [[d]in their lifetime] even to the dead, that though judged in fleshly bodies as men are, they might live in the spirit as God does.
7But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer.
9Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).