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“Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins.” – I Peter 4:8 – CEV

Okay, so does this mean if we love other people we ignore their sinful behavior and let them continue to destroy themselves? Does this verse tell us to ignore situations, offer an unbalanced mercy, and act as though nothing wrong has been done?

No, my friend. We must weigh scripture against scripture and to interpret this verse in this manner would be in error. Instead, this verse is really talking about sin issues in OUR OWN lives concerning other people.

The word in the original text means: to cover up; hide. When we are truly loving other people the way we should, being willing to be patient and longsuffering, sin is hidden or “wiped out” in OUR lives. Sin such as unforgiveness, bitterness, strife, anger, jealousy, envy, etc., will not surface nor take root in our hearts but instead will remain hidden under the cloak of love. Read in context of the surrounding verses, we see that this passage isn’t so much what happens for other people when we operate in love, but what happens to US. I encourage you, walk in love….your benefits will be as great as those of whom you love.