Proverbs Challenge, Day 10


“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

Somewhere along the way, I ran across the axiom that when you hear the word “but” it means the phrase before is not the most significant and what comes after the “but” is the truly significant statement.  So when a person says “I love you but ….”, what they actually mean is not that they love you.  What they actually mean is what comes after the “but”.  With that thought in mind, verse 12 of Proverbs 10 brings this to mind:  while it is true that hatred will bring about discord and trouble, the really important thing is that “love covers all sins”.  When we love someone, we tend to be forgiving of their mistakes.  We explain away bad behavior.  We do all we can to accept the person we love.  On the other hand, when we “hate” someone, we tend to seize every opportunity to put them down or criticize them.  So it seems that the statement “love covers all sin” is indeed the more significant element in this proverb.  And did I mention that the love of Christ covers all our sin?  Selah.

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~ by brotherfaron on August 10, 2011.

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