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1 Peter 4:8 | Love Covers a Multitude Of Sins. What Does It Mean?

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[a] It speaks about Yahuwah's love toward us. His love covers over our sins.

[b] It may also be about our loving actions toward others. The love that we have covers somebody else's sin as well as our own sin. This is one way that this verse was interpreted in early Christianity. It is as a reference to performing acts of charity / alms giving to others and through that love, your sins are atoned for. What it shows is that the verse has been interpreted this way in Christian history. The context of first peter 4:8 teaches this.

Most scholars today view this as a phrase expressing how we practice horizontal charity towards others and it covers over another person's sins against us. In other words, our love forgives their sin. That is agreeable in concept but it may not fit the context of the verse.

1 Peter 4:8-10 - Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength since love covers a multitude of sins…. look at verses 9 and 10 let's just keep reading - be hospitable to one another without complaining. Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others as good managers of the varied grace of the almighty.

The context of the verse is about almsgiving - being hospitable.

That word – hospitable – in the greek is made up of two words: philos and xenos.

Philos means "love and kindness." Xenos means "a stranger."

Hebrews 13 says - be careful when you entertain strangers - be hospitable because some people have entertained strangers that were angels and they didn't know it.

Show hospitality. There is nothing in 1 Peter 4:8-10 about forgiveness as in forgiving somebody for a sin they did to you. No, it's about hospitality - serving one another based on the gifts that you have. Let your love be strong, because love covers a multitude of sins. It's our own sins that are covered when we show forth love, charity/alms, and kindness to other people. Our own sins are covered over in some way by those actions.

This lesson was taken from a non-WLC video by Matthew Janzen: Atoning Almsgiving (Proverbs 15:27, LXX)