Dear Christians: Let us not allow our righteous indignation (aka anger toward sinful behavior) be a cover-up for lovelessness and self-righteousness.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 17:9

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

James 5:20

remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Let us continue to hate sin and sinful behavior, but love on the individual whose committing the sin. Let us not be self-righteous and condemning, treating others with contempt, as if we weren’t sinners, too, at one point; as if we don’t still battle with our own sins today.

Titus 3:3-7

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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