I’m sure none of us like to think of ourselves as sinners or not so bad anyway, and others will be truthful and say how bad they are and not care. Most people fall somewhere in the middle, I would guess. There are the not so bad. Really bad who had a complete turnaround. Some who worry about their past even as a believer, and the would nots. People who would not rest in Him. Or just not believe, or not receive, who would not believe they were sinners.
We see sin covered by offering in the Old Testament, I don’t see how people kept up with all that or made sacrifices. I hate the fact Jesus even had to die for me, but what if He had not? I would hate to think about that. I’m a person who has always had respect for God and the blessings He pours on us, If sacrifices covered sin, just think of Jesus covering them once and for all who would believe.
I used to worry about that, I was concerned I was the one doing something wrong or I would see more prayers answered, but they were often answered and I just didn’t see the results. He answered prayers for people but they did not always receive it, and sometimes, there was just a better time, like now. I could have blogged before, but had no idea I could do it, I was too busy waiting, which you have to, but you can also be a doer in the mean time.
Just think, He had covered my sin on the cross, long before I was born. I was so close to dying as was my mother, that He just took hold of us back then and never let go. By eleven, I wasn’t much of a sinner but I was saved, and have been a Jesus girl ever since. Now, I keep that repentant heart and ask right away, and then forget it. The devil is not badgering me any longer.
Let’s take a look at our verse.
Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but he who brings it up separates friends. Proverbs 17:9
Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:20
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
We see from James what the ” multitude ” of sins actually is, a lifetime of them. The lie one day, the office flirtation, ” borrowing ” something that isn’t yours, and the just not doing what you know is right, that is a sin. While some people are huge sinners and others are not, when you are born again, truly receiving Christ as Lord, you are free from sin, you don’t have to do it and should not want to, you should be aware of it and repent, get back on track.
We all fall short of His glory, Romans 3:23 says but the very next verse is about grace. John 1:16 says He gives grace upon grace and the Message, gift after gift. that is why we should never just use grace a cover to sin, you are not fooling God and could be making it worse as pretender instead of being passionate about His love and loving deeply, from the heart. One translation says severely.
Most of us probably don’t think about how much He loves us. We should read Psalm 139 more often. He forgave David, and Paul, many others, try to see yourself as He sees you, in His love, through the precious blood of Jesus and maybe you will see how He loves, He will cover a lifetime of sin, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to repent if you do something wrong, you just don’t have to dwell on it. His love covers a multitude of sin so we can love deeply as He does.
This does not mean we should stay in abusive situations or not report suspicious activity, or just jump to conclusions, either, trust the Spirit.
Sara Dabaghian / Unslpash