When we are wronged, we often want revenge, right? There is a better way. Love covers. Love smooths over the errors. Love keeps us on the high road, following Jesus. Love turns our attention toward others. Love builds unity. Love covers. So start loving…
Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I have often said that it is more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right. Turns out author Parker Palmer said it first. It’s an important truth when it comes to our relationships with other people. We can all imagine (most of us have experienced) what happens when we want to be right.
We’ve been wronged in some way or someone has sinned against us, so we react by engaging in conflict. We want to set the record straight. We want to put people in their places. We want revenge. We hold grudges. Any of that part of your story?
There is a better way. Love takes us in a different direction to a better place. You see, when we respond in those situations in love, our goal won’t be to harm or take action against the other person. Our goal will be to love them, showing them God’s love which we have received so richly, leading to reconciliation or truce or forgiveness.
Love covers. Hatred would have us lift up all the covers and shine the light in every corner. Hatred prompts us to show the errors. Love smooths them over. Love recognizes that in most cases the intention of the other person was not to harm you. Oh, what about the haters? Some people do want to harm you.
Love is the answer even with malicious people. Love keeps us from sinking down to their levels. Love is following Jesus, who responded with love even on the cross when he said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Love leads us to unity which, as the people of Jesus, we want to demonstrate for the world. Love covers.
But I still want to be right. I know you do. Me too. Here’s the thing: When you want to be right, you are focused on you.
When you love, you turn your attention toward others. That’s where God wants your attention to be.
Love covers. So start loving.