Love Covereth All

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Proverbs 10:12:
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Hate is an emotion that causes people to choose sides as hate will always reach out for likeminded comrades, which further breaches the two apart with more strife – always has – and always will. This cycle seems to have no end or remedy that can be offered in which two opposites will ever agree. Yet there is one way out and God has had it covered from antiquity – LOVE!

Love is a decision of the mind that is life changing; love someone you hated and you will see that your decision to conduct your life’s actions in love will cover the sin (all sins) that hate stirred up in the first place. Is the offence still there? Yes, but it is covered through love so that the believer can move beyond the battle and into perfect fellowship with his God!

Hate is manifested through continued strife between two parties, whether among two individuals or even as widespread as hatreds of two different peoples.

Stirreth up means to lift up as a spear is lifted up and held in battle with the intent of inflecting harm to the opponent, but hate is disheartening, hate is weakening, hate is revengeful, hate is blinding, and hate is definitely sinning!

Love is disarming (hate), love is empowering (the lover), love is forgiving (the offender), love is insightful (to God’s will), and love is quiescently covering (all sins)!

With God’s love, you only need one participant – yourself, for love grants you fellowship with the Giver of love.

Love, God’s love manifested in a believer will conquer over hatreds, for love is the Christian’s powerbase that sanctions the quenching of strife and hatred.

When we look at people, we see people who are often fallible, but when we look to God, we will begin to see people as He does – with love.

God is the supplier, and He continues to give to the giver of His love. One such gift is love covereth all sins.

God’s love releases all the burdens you really can’t live with anyways so you can pleasingly walk with God – justified!

Proverbs 17:9 (The Amplified Bible):*
He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter {a past offence or sin} separates even close friends.

I Peter 4:8 (The Amplified Bible):*
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].

I John 2:9-11 (The Amplified Bible):*
-9: Whoever says he is in the Light and [yet] hates his brother [Christian, born-again child of God his Father] is in darkness even until now.
-10: Whoever loves his brother [believer] abides (lives) in the Light, and in It or in him there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin.
-11: But he who hates (detests, despises) his brother [in Christ] is in darkness and walking (living) in the dark; he is straying and does not perceive or know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

I John 4:17-19 (The Amplified Bible):*
-17: In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
-18: There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].
-19: We love Him, because He first loved us.

Mathew 5:43-48 (The Amplified Bible):*
-43: You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy;
-44: But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
-45: To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].
-46: For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?
-47: And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen {the unbelievers}) do that?
-48: You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Service of Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of Romans, I and II Corinthians, and Galatians complete a cycle of understanding and are the spiritual foundation to continue on into the Epistle of Ephesians in complete righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The Epistle of Galatians shows that we are saved by grace, and that we can be inspired in service of love to enjoy the completed work of Christ on our behalf. We have been made completely free from our sins and raised back up to the graces of God wherein we may walk before our heavenly Father in the completeness of the service of love that He through Christ gives to us and made available.

Galatians 5:13-14:
-13:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

For all of the Law (Old Testament Law) is completely fulfilled in one word, and that one word is love! God’s divinely given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded.  Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and now we are also loved in their fullness. The true spiritual essence to the phrase, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” is “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you.” How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures. Is not this an incredible insight into the love of God and His service of love that He has commissioned and freely given to us?

The love of God is the true spiritual backbone of the Christian family, the spiritual foundation for true believing unity, and the true spiritual uplifting for the believer’s lifeline back up to the tremendous blessings contained in God’s loving Word. If we were to love others contingent solely upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard, for He has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love with which He loves us, and thank God for giving us this wonderful reality and understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love.

Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day. As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us, but rather glory immersed in the favorable graces of our God. The thing that can make the hope so alive in our hearts is that we have the love of God. When we live within the framework of love (and the magnificent seven Church Epistles detailing how the love of God functions), then we can equally share God’s love with one another.

Please – No Condemnation – OK? (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Unfortunately, as well as ironically, many Christians after they become saved want to condemn themselves for either a sin committed 20 years ago, or the one they committed this morning before breakfast. In Romans chapter 7 we have an interesting verse of Scripture:

Romans 7:19 – For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Wow, does this verses sound familiar to you? This is the state of a man or woman on their own merits – they try, they fail, and they try and fail to be good again and again. The average Christian panics and tries to find and then practice works of repentance to cover up for their sins in order to feel good enough to walk with God again. Nevertheless, he or she keeps on Romans 7:19-ing, and so a cycle begins, a cycle that appears will never end, and so they continue to condemn themselves, and sometimes entire lifetimes can be consumed in this endless dilemma. All this “junk” comes about by not realizing that God not only forgives but that He also totally forgets; it is only we that choose to remember the forgiven and forgotten past.

So what can be done? Thank God for the Epistle and doctrine of Romans, for Romans covers this in great detail giving believers an out, a refreshing way to break this tedious and endless cycle of life-draining condemnation.

Romans 8:1aTHERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, . . .

This verse does not say “there is therefore now condemnation,” but, “NO CONDEMNATION” and this is the will of God. Condemnation also can mean judgment, for there is therefore now NO judgment, and thus no fear of (or for) judgment to anticipate either now or in our future from our loving heavenly Father. Believing this places us “in Christ Jesus” and permits him genuinely to be our Savior from condemnation and judgment. Knowing this and this alone can help set our lives free.

By no means was God wasting His time having Romans 8:1 written to us, because it cost Him everything to free our lives from condemnation.  We are currently heaven‑bound and there is no amount of sin that can prevent our entrance into the eternal graces of our Creator.  This is the truth of the Scriptures, and “thus saith the Lord!” So, Please — No Condemnation – OK!