The secret to love is overlooking and forgiving the wrongs that are done to us. While we should not allow ourselves to get walked upon and treated like doormats, it is nevertheless true that most of the time when we feel slighted or insulted by others, they genuinely did not mean to hurt us. Maybe they were ignorant of our needs or desires, or maybe they just simply did not know that what they were doing or saying would be so painful.
So to maintain and grow love for others, it is essential to follow the instructions in 1 Peter 4:8, a Scripture on Love.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Fervent love for one another sounds wonderful. It is similar to dedicated, committed, passionate love for another person. But such loves comes with a price. It must forgive others and cover, or overlook a multitude of sins.
If you really love someone, this is usually easy to do. We often are able to justify and overlook the faults and failures of those we love with ease. We make excuses for them and develop reasons for why they did what they did.
But if we are trying to love someone more, or are having trouble maintaining love, then the same practice can be applied to them, but in reverse. To grow love, to develop love, to nourish and strength love, this Scripture invites us to overlook the sins of others, and give them the free and complete forgiveness that God has given us, and in so doing, our love for them them will become fervent.
Scriptural Books on Love
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of love. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.