“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 )
In this instance the writer of 1 Peter does not advocate love because it is the highest action that humanity can do, but because it is the act that humanity can accomplish which will do the most to atone for its missteps. Hear this passage the way it is written in The Message. “Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. “ (verses 7-8)
But Paul in I Corinthians 13 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (4-8a) And if we would love in this way, the “multitude of sins” would be outweighed by the purity of our love.
May you gentle reader love like that, and may you be so loved. Selah!