If everyone would just stop talking about “sin” and start “loving” one another . . .
This sin-love exchange encapsulates the unfortunate, detrimental message of our culture.
Maybe a long history of increasing tolerance got us there. Maybe hardened hearts and worldly mindsets paved the way. Or maybe we’ve simply misunderstood the message of the Bible:
Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet 4:8
Yes, but “love” is not what you see in the movies. “Love” is not a meaningless ceremony until you feel like “loving” someone else. “Love” is not parting with your pocket change after you’ve spent the remainder on your own luxuries.
“Love” is not whatever you want it to be. This “just love everyone” thing we toss around as though it’s an end-all, fix-all doesn’t usually work out, because it’s not true, biblical love.
“Love” does not mean acceptance. It does not mean tolerance, praise, or pride.
It means loving like Jesus loved.
And Jesus’ perfect love revealed sin. Acknowledged sin. Confronted sin. Forgave sin. Covered sin.
Yes, at the cross, we find the truest depiction of love. And in this love, and only this love, do we find that our multitude of sins is covered, once and for all.
Even to those who would throw stones, and to those who lie trembling in the dirt, Jesus says, “Oh, but your sin is covered. Go and sin no more.”
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