Covering an Offense

Proverbs 17:9

He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter of the Bible.  It is often recited in wedding ceremonies and is the favorite passage of many couples including non-Christians.  It is also misunderstood by many.

Love keeps no record of wrongs.  This means we don’t hold something against someone.  The old adage is to forgive and forget.  Of course this is easier said than done.  This proverb goes one step further.

When we cover over an offense we’re obviously not covering up a crime.  It means that we go out of our way to make things right.  If someone hurts you and they are the one that should really be seeking you out to ask for forgiveness you can still approach them in order to patch the relationship.

On the other hand, repeat offenders cause great damage in a relationship.  We can continually forgive someone for doing something wrong but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t harm done.  We can love someone but there might always be a bit of mistrust going forward. 

As Christians we must do all that we can to promote love and forgiveness and remember that if we harm someone it can have long lasting effects.

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