One of the first places we see it is in the Bible: Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Then Peter writes the same thing – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV). Lastly, James the half brother of Jesus writes, “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:19, 20 NIV)”.
That word “Cover” is the Greek word kalypto, which means “to hide, veil, to hinder the knowledge of a thing.”
So these scriptures clearly say that love covers or hides sin. But how does that work?
Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Romans says that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. In His death and resurrection Christ covers us. And if we hide ourselves in Him, through an intimate and ongoing relationship with Him, our sins are covered.
Then do Christians still sin? We do. But as James writes, we have the opportunity to help bring people, through love, back to the cross of Christ and their sins will once again be covered or taken care of.
The primary thrust of all of these passages is not so much that our sins will be hidden but that it is through love. Love is the ultimate game changer. It seeks and saves the lost. It sacrifices. It is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13).
Let’s be full of love this week and cover each other’s mistakes.