by Heather Tietz
And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Love is blind, so the saying goes. I would add, new love, is blind, deaf and can’t smell as well. Anyone who’s newly “in love” knows the truth behind these words. That new baby, with gorilla hair and bright eyes, that perfect first crush, that adorable pet, they are unlike anything the world has seen! Though others are quietly bothered by diaper smells, flirty eyes, or urine scented carpet, you just don’t “see.” Your lovestruck nose, ears, and eyes no longer function as everyone else’s.
Love covers a multitude of sins. All love, not just new love, but old love does too. Mature love though recognizes sin, yet is gracious. It kindly confronts. It’s eager to help and heal. It forgives. It prays. It encourages change. It supports the weak spirit under the corrupting body because it recognizes that it too is imperfect.
Do you have the love for your fellow Christians? Can you love them in spite of their sins?