as I prepare for Sunday’s Bible Lesson.
Just like they are so far: 🙂 (Text for Sunday is I Peter 4: 1-11)
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Above all things. Peter is saying here: the most important thing in all this that I have written to you is that you love one another. Because love does what? Covers the multitude of sins.
But not just any love – Both times Charity in this verse is agape. It takes agape to veil, hid from view, to take away that sin [meaning of cover] that offends and hurts your feelings and deprives you of what is rightly yours. Only agape will do that.
Now let’s go back to the word fervent.
Fervent: in this verse it is not used in the way we usually think of it. Here it means stretched out, stretched forth toward. And you can say what you want but stretched out, stretched forth toward is an effort. It requires muscle in the one doing the stretching. And sometimes it even feels good. What’s a good stretch do for you in the mornings when you get up?
Think about that and let’s dialogue. How do you visualize what Peter is saying in this verse now in light that it is stretched out, stretched forth toward agape that Peter is talking about?
Blessings to you Dear Friends +++
Remember YOU have the God-given RIGHT to do right in this wrong world!