"Love covers a multitude of sins." - somewhere in Proverbs
Whatever difficulty, sin or person you struggle with, there's nothing that love can't cover.
I am reminded of this this afternoon, as I just got off the phone with a missionary friend who's expressing his anger and frustration (perhaps even hate) at people for their lack of generosity. Yeah, I know hate too.
I am reminded as frustration boils in my own chest as someone in the office is complaining about who gets to use which refrigerater. "Stupid petty people," I think.
I was reminded of this as I shared with Teya at breakfast about Jesus' beloved disciple John, who lived long enough to be carried into church on a stretcher, and who's repeated refrain to his dying day was "love one another".
I'm reminded of this when I think of Jesus dying for this truth: love can cover a multitude of sins.
I guess if there's one thing I had to know, one thing I wanted or one thing I had to get before I died it would be this: love - how to love well, how to live it out, how to bask in it, delight in it and believe it. Love equals life, for God is love.
And that's the beauty of it. Love isn't just some abstract principle, or higher plain of consciousness, it's a person. John knew this, considering himself "Jesus' beloved disciple", so we should too. John boiled over with love. Maybe I too can boil over.
Do I believe that all of my ticked-off/anger/hate/depression/rage can be answered by the salve of a real Jesus who really loved?
For a word that gets parried around so much, it's a very difficult one to really live isn't it?
This world knows hate, and I can sing that tune, but the tune of love, now that's something different, something I've got to have.
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love..." - St. Francis of Assisi