November 9, 2022

1 Peter 4:8 ESV (English Standard Version)

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Pastor's Commentary

The Apostle Peter agreed with the Apostle Paul’s sentiment expressed yesterday about the potential power of love. But Peter focuses on moral behavior. Instead of trying to correct or criticize others who fall short of God’s standards, Peter encourages his readers to pray that God would touch their hearts and convict them (verse 7).

The conviction will bring correction, not criticism. Yesterday’s Our Daily Bread Devotion was “Loving Our Neighbor.” The writer said,

“God knew that the communities would start to unravel if people didn’t look out for others, valuing their lives as much as they did their own.”

Thus, in the same manner, we pray about our shortcomings, we should do the same for our fellow saints in Christ.

God’s Word for today tells us that love has unlimited power; it can cover a “multitude of sins.” But we cannot accomplish this without loving concern. This kind of love is not blind but sees and accepts the faults of others as we desire God to accept ours.

Your pastor is praying for you today. Who can you pray for?