"...Love covers over all wrongs." ( Proverbs 10:12)
"Follow the way of love..." (1 Corinthians 14:1)
I am amazed by the beauty of those words: "...love covers over all wrongs." ALL. Those are the wrongs done against me as well as the wrongs I have done against others. ALL. This is the whole of why I am a Christ follower---His love covered over all of my wrongs, every one of them. He didn't just cover them up, He covered them over. He gave His life for mine. He put His body in front of mine, and covered me over with His grace and mercy while He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and nailed to the Cross. Everything I was not, everything that I am not, every wrong I had ever done or would ever do was covered over by Him and made whole by His precious blood. And not only that, but every wrong done against me: every abusive word and action, every pain I have ever felt at the hands or heart of another, every loss, every rejection, every betrayal, every lie, everything. His love covered over it all.
He died my death so that I can now live His life. Romans 6:3-4 says, "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." All of my wrongs were made right in Him. As I learn of Him, remain in Him, and 'Go after a life of love as if my life depended on it,' I am made free. (1 Corinthians 14:1 MSG) Because of this beautiful, awesome truth, those things that used to trip me up, don't trip me up anymore; the mistakes I made are covered over in His grace and mercy; the wrongs I did are paid for.
The same is true for you if you choose to receive Him by faith and trust His love:
---That person you can't forgive: Love covers over all wrongs.
---Those negative words you keep replaying in your mind: Love covers over all wrongs.
---Those scenes of abuse that you can't seem to erase: Love covers over all wrongs.
---That child who is silent because of your past failure: Love covers over all wrongs.
---That man who broke your heart: Love covers over all wrongs.
---That thing you did that you are so ashamed of: Love covers over all wrongs.
---That lie you told that robbed you of your peace: Love covers over all wrongs.
---That guilt you feel about what you did: Love covers over all wrongs.
Let go. His love covers over all wrongs.
Let yourself go.
Let them go.
Walk out of your prison...the door is open.
Let them walk out of the prison you have put them in...the door is open.
Forgiveness flows as you realize how much God forgave you...the love in my heart towards people, even those who committed grievous acts against me, even the most vile of my offenders, is all-encompassing; because I see Him, and I see me 'dying in my own blood,' (Ezekiel 16:6) from the wounds I received from others and from myself. I see Him saying to me, "Live!" (Ezekiel 16:6) I know that I have no right to hold anything against anyone because of the great love He showed toward me. He died so I might live. He lives so I might die; that I might lay down all of me on the altar of His heart, and let Him pierce me through with His overwhelming, never ending, scandalous, marvelous, extravagant love...
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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