Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 NIV
Saeed arrived from Afghanistan in 2016, and she was later asked why she loved Canada so much. She replied “In my opinion, Canada is the greatest country on earth. I feel very fortunate to be here, and I don’t think I’ll be able to give back to the level that I have been given. I am thankful for the support I have received. Canadians are hospitable people: they welcomed me with big hearts and smiling faces. They supported me every step of the way, in one way or another. Had it not been for Canada and Canadians, I might not have survived. But because I came to Canada, I can now thrive.”
People will let you down. Love them anyway. People will spurn your acts of compassion. Love them anyway. Those closest to you will walk away from you, and some will turn on you. Love them anyway. People will say hurtful things, uncaring things, stupid things. Love them anyway. All of this is what the apostle is getting at when he writes, in 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” It is a good thing that in spite of all we have done against our Creator, he loves us deeply, and sent Jesus as our Redeemer. His love has literally covered a multitude of sin, in our life and in the life of all who have trusted Him as Saviour. We are then called to love others, even those who are as unlovable as we were when Jesus loved us on the Cross. Above all, Peter says, we are to love each other deeply. How can you do that today?
These have been words from the heart.