1 Peter 4:8-Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (NIV).
We might be Hungarian, Chinese, Icelandic or Italian. Some of us are East Indian and others are of African descent. In fact some people are fifth or sixth generation Canadian or American. No matter. On July 1 (Canada) and July 4 (United States of America) we all come together as one under our national flag.
Above all, on that day, we fully display our citizenship. More than at any other time, we become aware of our similarities. We catch a glimpse of what it means to be a citizen of our chosen country. We celebrate the wonder of living in freedom. We appreciate each other.
Do Christians have a common denominator? Of course we all know and believe that Jesus, the Son of God died on the cross to save us from our sins. We recognise that he rose from the dead. That is our basis.
Still, something else sets us apart and makes us visible to those around us. It is love. So now we have the opportunity to ask ourselves this question. Does our citizenship as a Christian show on a regular basis? What if we read 1 Peter 4:8 in another version? Does our life wave the love flag in all these circumstances?
1 Peter 4:8-Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others] (AMP).
1 Peter 4:8-11- Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! Prayer- Lord, thanks for reminding us that love is something we do. Help us hold your love flag high and follow its leading. Amen Brenda J Wood