Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 NIV
Nelson and Margaret Evoy were married on October 22nd, 1938 and when Margaret passed away April 13, 2017, they had been Canada’s longest married couple – 79 years. The pair met while skating at Fisher Park in Ottawa. 15-year-old Nelson was a hockey player and 13-year-old Margaret loved to skate. The two had a crush on each other since that day. After five years of dating, they tied the knot at St. Luke’s Church. Close to eight decades later, they were still deeply in love.
Couples who are married 70 years or longer are rare. Occasionally you might even hear of a couple married 80 years. They would have had to be married young and both live a long life. More than anything, they would have had to keep the fires of love burning for all those decades. That kind of commitment is worth celebrating. So is the e love Christians are called to have for each other. 1 Peter 4:8 instructs us: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Too often the church is marked by division and dissension. That is the polar opposite to what we Christians are called to be. In John 17, Jesus prays that we might be one as He and the Father are one. That is a mysterious union that can only happen as the Holy Spirit moves in us and other believers to bind us together. Peter tells us how we can keep loving each other. 1 Peter 4:8 says “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” We are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ deeply – do you?
These have been words from the heart.