1 Peter 4:8: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

In the face of adversity, let’s not give up on loving people. Always seek the high road! If running out of patience, God is more than happy to help. As we work through our conflicts let’s not forget that God does not take sides. He is for everybody, and loves all the parties involved. With that in mind it is easy to see that pursuing peace in controversy is what matters to God. The apostle Peter stresses the point in one of his letters (1 Peter 3:11):

“Search for peace and work to maintain it.”

This is the same Peter who attacked the people arresting Jesus with a sword to defend Him. The Lord’s reaction to his zealous attempt to save His life is dismissive (Matthew 26:52):

Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.”

Using the sword and dying by the sword also holds true in the realm of verbal abuse. Like flying daggers words spoken in anger have a devastating effect; we can hurt each other deeply if we are not careful. Throwing verbal darts at one another on an ongoing basis ultimately leads to the death of a relationship.

Nobody is perfect. Everybody knows that. Thankfully, we believe in a gracious God who is willing to forgive if we ask Him to. He will not only forgive He will forget about it. On one hand He forgets what we have done wrong, but on the other hand He never forgets what we have done right. Isn’t that good news? It goes to show that God highly treasures all our actions motivated by love. Because God is love, He cherishes love, so much so, that He is willing to work with our flawed attempts to live a godly life. Our lifestyle of love makes up for a fair amount of personal shortcomings.

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