Words from the Heart for Sunday October 29th, 2017
He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.
Proverbs 17:9 (NKJV)
Covering a Transgression
How do we use love to cover sin? The way we do it is to forgive. Through forgiveness we allow the Lord to work. This kind of love makes a fresh commitment to the individual. We are letting them know they are “safe” with us even when they’ve been wrong. Gossip hinders the work of the Lord. Instead, we will pray and wait with expectation for the Lord to bring them to repentance and make the desired change.
There are so many odd laws in Canada it is quite possible that you have transgressed the law and not even realized it. For example, in Souris, PEI, it is illegal to build a snowman more than 30 inches tall if you live on a corner lot. And if you are boating in waters near Toronto be warned that you can only swim in designated swimming areas. So don’t even think about jumping out of your boat to cool down on a hot summer day.
Human beings are, by nature, sinful human beings. We too easily let temptation become sin and need the forgiveness of God and others. Our goal, as followers of Jesus, is to live a life that honours the Lord as His Spirit empowers us to live a life of purity and holiness. But until we pass into eternity, and finally enter the realm where sin is no more, we are going to sin. How we respond when we do sin is really important. King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 17:9, “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.” When King David committed adultery and murder, and was convicted of those sins by God through Nathan, he immediately repented and there is no record of him every committing those sins again. God would call David a man after His own heart. When we sin, we are called to immediately repent – repentance not only being sorry for our sin, but turning away from it. It is when we refuse to repent and keep on sinning that we run into deep trouble. When you sin, repent. It’s the best remedy.
These have been words from the heart.