Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults]. Proverbs 10:12 AMP
Over the years, we have heard people talk about divide and conquer. That is a strategy that is used in areas where one group wants to achieve power but they don’t have the military might to dominate the other group. They will seek to divide the opposing group by sowing seeds of discord. This will cause members to turn against each other and soon they would be fighting among themselves. As a result, they would be so distracted that the enemy would surrounded them and in the process, take them captive.
The same is true for people of faith. The enemy sows seeds of hate and strife with the intent to divide, defeat and conquer. Coretta Scott King said, “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” When people of faith walk with hate in their hearts, they are hurting themselves. 1 John 3:15 says, “Everyone who hates (works against) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer [by God’s standards]; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” We believe that murderers are those who use guns and knives and to take lives; John makes it clear that you can murder someone in your heart.
Love is so much stronger than hate that love covers. What does that mean? Well, love will overlook the transgression in another’s life. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Colossians 3:13 NLT, “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” This statement puts everyone in the same boat because we have all been on each side of this equation: we offended and have been offended.
Instead of walking around with bitterness in your heart, learn that you have offended someone before and you might do it again. So be quick to extend forgiveness, not so much for them but for you. Unforgiveness is too heavy a burden to carry. “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32. So overlook the fault in your brother or sister because one day you would need someone to overlook a fault in you.
Thought for Today: Friend, be quick to forgive.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.