Love Covers Sin



1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


Adam Clarke says, “Intense love; for love shall cover a multitude of sins.  A loving disposition leads us to pass by the faults of others, to forgive offenses against ourselves, and to excuse and lessen, as far as is consistent with truth, the transgressions of men.”

He then refers to James 5:20, upon which he offers:
“Let him know] Let him duly consider, for his encouragement, that he who is the instrument of converting a sinner shall save a soul from eternal death, and a body from ruin, and shall hide a multitude of sins; for in being the means of his conversion we bring him back to God, who, in his infinite mercy, hides or blots out the numerous sins which he had committed during the time of his backsliding. It is not the man’s sins who is the means of his conversion, but the sins of the backslider, which are here said to be hidden.


A great incentive to tell others of the love of God and the means by which they might be eternally saved. Of course, in order to do that, we must possess a love that loves the person while not condoning / tolerating sinful lifestyles. I’m prone to think that takes the love of God (Agape) flowing through us. His love was the love, which, in the first place, caused Him to give His only Begotten Son to die whereby mankind may be redeemed.

I know from experience what it’s like to be in a place unable to possess that kind of love. If you are in that place, pray for God to grant you that kind of love, His love, saving love, that you might be as the apostle, Paul, and become “…all things to all men, that I by all means may save some” (1 Cor. 9:22).

What a wonderful concept that when someone comes to the Lord love has just covered a multitude of sin! And, further, isn’t it a great, awesome, feeling that comes with knowing that maybe you had a part in the conversion of that soul?

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