Archive for April, 2015

Love Covers

April 25, 2015

How do you know when you love authentically? You are quick to hide or cover the loved one’s faults. You know the worst, but you don’t take joy in exposing it. James 3:2 says, “We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.”

A dear friend is going through a major, unexpected transition in her life. Without her asking me to do so, I had absolutely no desire to call up mutual close friends and say, “Have you heard? Let’s pray about…” I instinctively wanted to “cover” her during this season. When I thought about my reaction I said to myself, “I love her. I really love her.” I can pray for her without getting others involved with the gory details which could lead to gossip. I found myself asking her few questions. I just wanted her to know that I am here for her and praying for God’s leading. “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8).

Now if I have the unction to expose rather than cover someone’s idiosyncrasies, poor judgments, mishaps, foibles, I ask myself, Do I really love them?