Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Chronicles 23
1 Peter 4
Micah 2
Luke 11

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

1 Peter 4:8 (CSB): “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

On this day, a day after Americans traditionally observe Thanksgiving, family has been gathered for at least 24-48 hours. Oftentimes, family members drive for hours to arrive at their parents’ home. The house may be a bit cramped. There may be some attitudes that begin to arise. By about day 2 or 3, some gathered families are a bit agitated and ready to head back to their respective homes.

But it is in times like this that we come to understand just how much we love each other. The principle is simple: If we don’t have a love (that is a choice of the will) that manifests itself in a felt love, the small problems will create big problems. Those stresses will motivate everyone to look forward to the familytime coming to an end.

However, in those happy households where family members genuinely love each other, then the inconveniences and inappropriate words and attitudes will be overlooked. Because of our love for each other, we choose to overlook the offenses because we enjoy being with each other.

1 Peter 4:8 (CSB): “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

This principle works for settings other than family gatherings during the holidays. It works in church settings. It applies to work settings. Wherever people gather, this principle works. If you genuinely love others, the default will be for offenses to be overlooked.

Finally, this principle allows us determine if we are obeying our Lord’s command to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). If you quickly get to a point where someone else is driving you crazy and you can’t wait to get away from them, then you don’t truly love them. You aren’t obeying the love commandment. That provides a great opportunity to repent, ask the Lord to help you, and then determine to love.

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Lord Jesus, I am reminded over and over how beneficial Your commands are for me. When I obey them, I am blessed. Specifically when I obey the command to love others, I can enjoy relationships much more and can move toward emotional health. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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