He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. – Proverbs 17:9
Meditation: What does friendship require? Does it require sacrifice? Does it require devotion? Does it require work? Yes, yes, and yes. Friendship is one of the highest achievements in life, and those with experience know just how rare are true friends.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). We often interpret this verse only in the context of forfeiting our bodily existence for the sake of others. However, a broader understanding of this verse is also true. Not only is dying for someone an exceptional expression of friendship, but so too is sacrificing ones selfish ambitions in lifelong sacrifice for someone else. For this reason, the Apostle Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1)
In the Old and New Testament, love is the supreme virtue. Without love, the practice of Christianity is not possible. We love God because He first loved us and sent Christ to save us from sin and damnation. In a very real way, Jesus is the proof that love covers sin (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:10). As we imitate our Friend and Savior, we should seek to cover and not reveal the sins of others where possible in love.
Call to Action: The next time you feel tempted to speak about the sins of others, consider the reasons. Is it love that motivates you or condemnation? Bearing the struggles of our friends is a privilege. Let us love as we have been loved by Christ, knowing that He bears our reproach as a faithful friend.