“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV)
Few years ago, my friend came to faith in Christ Jesus through my testimony. She found herself with a decision to make. She could report to the police that her mother had stolen money from her, or she could just let it go.
Looking to me for advice, God’s word came to me: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV).
My friend decided to talk to one of my former pastors about it, and the pastor emphasized the need of bringing her mother to accountability for the theft.
This made sense to me, too, but I was very concerned about my friend’s father and the pain and suffering it would cause him if my friend filed a police report. As I was thinking about what to say, the Holy Spirit impressed upon my mind the statement that police always make when arresting someone: Whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
I decided to google this statement and see what it truly means. Apparently, if you are in an accident, these words are true from the moment of the accident until the jury’s final decision. I learned that insurance companies will do everything in their power to minimize how much they have to pay out on your claim, including statements you might have made at the scene of the accident while you are still in shock. The insurance company might take this statement to indicate you aren’t really hurt.
But wait: You aren’t a doctor! You haven’t done a thorough medical examination! Nonetheless, they will tell the jury you were fine when you got out of your car.
Thus, it is vitally important that whenever you say anything, you choose your words carefully.
In a broader sense, it is also vital that we even choose our actions carefully, for everything we do will result in some kind of a reaction.
What about our rights? We always want to justify everything and prove we are right, no matter what. Even here, however, there is often a price to pay afterwards.
This is the decision my friend faced: To push for her rights and ignore the potential consequences, or to react in love.
Like my friend, I, too, am faced with a decision. It’s a different one than the one she must make, but I face it constantly, as long as I live on this earth. Why? Because God create us and gave us free will. We have to choose to live according to His will, or according to the way of the devil.
Sisters and brother,in Christ. I am writing this devotion not to teach you how to get a better deal in an accident. I write this because of the law of the land that points to the Law of our Heavenly Father.
Consider Matt 12:36: “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (NIV)
Christ Jesus, our Holy brother, friend, our highest priest, teaches us to love one another: “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:31 NIV)
And God’s Word, written in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
Please Join me in prayer: Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Romans 8:26 NIV). “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23 NIV) I confess my sin of not loving everyone like I should. I need Your Spirit to help me in my everyday situations, as it’s written in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” In Christ Jesus name, we ask,“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Rev 5:13 NIV). Thank God. Amen
Sophie Chun Ngeth