Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

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

Once, on my first assignment as a pastor, I took an elderly member to the hospital to see his wife. This feisty old fellow was a handful to say the least. Walking was quite a chore for him, and for him to sit required a doughnut-shaped cushion. After trying to persuade him for a half an hour to let me take him home for the night, he talked me into letting him stay with his wife. When I left him and got in my car to go home, I discovered that he had left his cushion. After trying to convince myself that he probably wouldn't need it, I realized that this was hogwash. This man was dependent on that pillow, and I had better take a few minutes to treat him as I would want to be treated if I were in the same situation. Now me being a faith teacher and having prayed the prayer of faith for him, I thought he should be standing on the Word for his healing, but he wanted his pillow. No matter how many scriptures I had shared with him and no matter how much faith I had, I couldn't make him receive his healing.             

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.    – Matthew 18:19

This verse says, "If two of you AGREE as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father." I was believing for divine healing, but he was believing that God would ease his pain through the pain pills and the pillow. We were not in agreement. If I knew then what I know now, I would have agreed with his faith. Thank God I listened to the Holy Ghost and did the best thing I could have done in that situation, give him his pillow. When I gave him his pillow, he said "Oh brother, love covers a multitude of sins, and you just covered a multitude of sins." Knowing this man's character, I realized that my kind deed had prevented a major scene. At first, I thought his interpretation of the scripture was way off. After further consideration, I realized that if we in the Body of Christ would do things for weaker Christians to help them avoid temptations, the devil wouldn't be near as successful in his attempts to make people stumble and fall as he is. The devil is always trying to offend baby Christians. We stronger Christians ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves (Rom.15:1). We should help them to shake the devil off, or better yet stop him before he gets his toe in the door. After all, the Bible says, "give the devil no place" (Eph. 4:29).

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