Love Deeply – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-11
Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
The next advice the Apostle Peter gives to us who want lasting friendships is to be self-controlled. The control of self is one of the biggest hurdles any of us face in our maturing process. However, to truly believe and name it as a step toward maturity is critical to obtaining it. Many people believe it is their right to say whatever is on their mind. I have heard people brag: “No one ever has to wonder what I’m thinking; I let it all out.” That person may not realize it, but very few people want friends who don’t exercise control over what comes out of their mouth! Like our young children, it is the immature that always says, out loud, what is on their mind. Demand of yourself ever-increasing control over yourself; the people around you will love you for it!
Next the Apostle Peter tells us to love deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. In other words, allow your love to grow deep enough to overlook the offenses that will come your way in a friendship. We human beings cannot keep from making poor choices and saying insensitive things once in a while. If my friends can’t overlook some of that, they really can’t be my close friends. Learn to get thick skinned and take a few hits. If you do, you can grow a friendship into an enriching and long term “best friend” status.
Father, I want to be a child of yours that is maturing into a Christ like person. Grant me your strength to control myself at all times. In Jesus’ name, amen.