“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)
As a young child, I had a habit of hiding under my captain’s bed when I knew I had done something wrong. Trying to avoid the punishment I deserved, I would cower under a blanket beneath my tall bed, fearful of the inevitable “talk” which would follow when hunger or guilt drove me out of my hiding place. I have to confess, my first thought wasn’t how much my parents loved me, but rather what uncomfortable lesson they were going to teach me because I blew it. And I knew it.
When I met Jesus, I was astounded at His love for me, as well as extremely thankful for my freedom from my sin, which He paid for on the cross. But it wasn’t long before I did something wrong again, and followed my old habit of hiding; this time from God.
Hiding from the God who loves me more than words can express and who knows all things is not the wisest of moves. As I spent time in the Word, God revealed this unhealthy habit to me through one of my favorite Psalms: “Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of Your sight?” (Psalm 139:7 MSG)
God proceeded to teach me there was nowhere I could hide where He wasn’t aware or already there. That I am safe in His hands.
In the wake of this revelation, I learned to bring my failures and faults to God quickly, instead of compiling interest in hiding. I also learned that in His great love for me, He cleans me up and covers my wrongdoings with His blood.
His love covers all sin when we invite Him in.
This post was first seen here over at Remade, where I am a guest contributor and staff.