We cannot compensate for our own sins by loving others. Marriage, Singleness, and the Christian Virtue of Hospitality. It is not, as Rome teaches, 'covereth' his own sins; then the Greek middle would be used; and Proverbs 10:12; Proverbs 17:9, support the Protestant view. II. Although Peter’s version varies somewhat from it (e.g. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. My flesh wanted to let others know how this person hurt me and what they did, but the Spirit that dwells within me said, “Do not tell anyone what they did. Cf1Corinthians13:5.]. First Peter 4:8-11 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. For charity shall cover the multitude of sins; любовь покрывает множество грехов, "Love hides them from its own sight and not from God"s sight. But the more sins love covers, the more evident appears its usefulness for the wellbeing of mankind. fervent charity; Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves. 4. 1 Peter 4:8-11 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Who wants to join a group that is bickering? We left, indicating we w… That doesn’t mean that we will never sin again. This lesson in Peter’s second epistle looks at what Peter says immediately after his greeting. 2 Peter Greeting. Rather, love isn’t always looking for sin: ‘But where love is lacking, every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding, and conflicts abound---to Satan’s perverse delight…’ (Grudem pp. Persecution and difficult times can create problems among a group of people that isn’t close knit. 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. The duties we are here exhorted to employ ourselves in are the mortification of sin, living to God, sobriety, prayer, charity, hospitality, and the best improvement of our talents, which the apostle presses upon Christians from the consideration of the time they have lost in their sins, and the approaching end of all things (1 Peter 4:1-11). The End is Near – 1 Peter 4:7. Shall cover.—Properly, neither “shall” nor “will,” the right reading being present, covereth. So 'Aleph ('); but A B, Vulgate, 'covereth.' 1. And finally, it tries to find something good, even in the worst. I don’t want anyone to know how they hurt you. If you love one another, you will be more strongly motivated to help one another, especially in this time of persecution! But the case which he has in view is that of the erring brother, and the covering of sins is that which love effects when it seeks and secures the brother’s reclamation. These words of Isaiah give hope of deliverance to us. To “cover,” in Hebrew, often means to “forgive,” the idea being that of an offensive object which you bury or hide by putting something else over it; see, for examples, Psalms 32:1; Psalms 85:2; and the place in Proverbs seems to mean that whereas a bitter enemy will rake up every old grudge again and again, one who loves will not allow even himself to see the wrongs done to him by a friend. Oct 16, 1994. Above all things - not that "charity" is above "prayer," but love is the animating spirit, without which other duties are dead. Peter also wants his readers to understand the *grac… Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Hate does the opposite; it pries about in order to discover some sin or some semblance of sin in a brother and then broadcasts it, even exaggerates it, gloats over it." Close. 10 i As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, j as good stewards of k the manifold grace of God. ‘Covers’-‘not to regard or impute them, i.e. And he bids it to be fervent, or intense, or vehement, which is the same thing; for whosoever is immoderately fervent in self-love, loves others coldly.And he commends it on account of its fruit, because it buries innumerable sins, than which nothing is more desirable. We ought to cover others' sins only where love itself does not require the contrary. The parallelism in which it is set with ‘hatred’ makes its point quite clear. (7-11) Believers encouraged to rejoice and glory in reproaches and sufferings for Christ, and to commit their souls to the care of a faithful God. We must display to the world a strong love for our brethren, for the world is watching! It was painful. The preference which is given to brotherly love is not given as if it were superior to prayer and the other virtues, or as if these were to be subordinated to the interests of that, but because without it nothing else can make the inner life of the Church what it should be. in introducing a ‘multitude’ for ‘all,’ using a different term for ‘sin,’ etc. However, one who is truly, genuinely interested in the welfare of others can see beyond those persons’ sins to the doing of good to them in harmony with the will of God (cf. In fact, Jesus did more than just cover our sin; He did away with it completely (Hebrews 10:12–14). He speaks of the power of God, what it can do for us, and what it helps us to do for God.. ‘because’-The reason why fervent love is essential. 1 Peter 4:8-11 New International Version (NIV) 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Instead of living in order to fulfill our petty desires and lusts, we live with a higher purpose -- to live the rest of our earthly lives... for the will of God." have, &c. = having your love toward (Greek. It doesn’t mean that we will never get things wrong again or … Charity shall cover the multitude of sins. This is the plain meaning of the words. Here, between the expectation of heaven’s peace … As Christians, we have finished with sin. начает, что христиане должны не обращать внимания на грехи, совершенные против них, и всегда быть готовыми простить оскорбление или обиду. Search; Search for: Search for: 1 Peter 4:7-11 – Commentary on 1 Peter. Shall cover the multitude of sins; by leading him who exercises it to overlook and forgive the sins of his brethren. One day they willlive with God in heaven and share God’s *glory. “Love is the mortar which builds living stones into the house where God lives through his Spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22). 1 Peter 4:8. 2. But the sentence is taken from Solomon, whose words are found in Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred discovers reproaches, but love covers a multitude of sins.”. "7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8.As to social relations, first of all stands intense love one for another. What Solomon meant is sufficiently clear, for the two clauses contain things which are set in contrast the one with the other. As then he says in the first clause that hatred is the cause why men traduce and defame one another, and spread whatever is reproachful and dishonorable; so it follows that a contrary effect is ascribed to love, that is, that men who love one another, kindly and courteously forgive one another; hence it comes that, willingly burying each other’s vices, one seeks to preserve the honor of another. God does care. This exhortation and the following are put in the participial form, as being immediately connected with the broad counsels of 1 Peter 4:7. Heaven is their real home. The plain sense of the aphorism has been evaded by the LXX ( ) and Syriac translators substitutes shame for love. (1-6) And the approaching end of the Jewish state, as a reason for sobriety, watchfulness, and prayer. Cf1Corinthians13:5.]. If that is done the sins will be covered in that they will not be held against the other person nor be spread out publicly. The word is not about desiring bad things, as much as desiring badly. Hate does the opposite; it pries about in order to discover some sin or some semblance of sin in a brother and then broadcasts it, even exaggerates it, gloats over it. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves, &c.] Not but that charity, or love, is to be exercised towards all men, even towards enemies, but more especially towards the saints, and that under such a consideration in which it cannot be exercised towards others; namely, as their brethren in Christ, and as belonging to him, as the children of God, as redeemed by Christ, and sanctified by the … (Comp. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. sins caused by bitterness, strife and envy. Then charity shows itself in a spirit of patience. The Romanists vainly hold the apostle as meaning that deeds of benevolence to the poor procure pardon of sin, for, as Luther rightly says, “Faith only can cover sin for thee before God.”, “Love is the mortar which builds living stones into the house where God lives through his Spirit (, to hold you together, you will be nothing but a pile of jagged rocks! Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ.Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer for ever.This world is not their real home. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7–11. Charity covereth a multitude of sins. Full stop. God does see. Shall cover—Rather, covers, as with a mantle. Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion. CHAPTER 4. 5. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Jesus’ prayer from the cross, “Father, forgive them,” says it all (Luke 23:34). "As a result," Peter says, "he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God" (4:2). May 27, 2007. 6. …love is able to rise above being wronged and work to the welfare of the sinner.’ (Hamilton p. 239) 4. (47) Thus Peter confirms his exhortation, that nothing is more necessary than to cherish mutual love. If you love one another, you will be more strongly motivated to help one another, especially in this time of persecution! Read Introduction to 1 Peter “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’” And above all things The phrase “above all things” makes love priority above all other virtues. Scripture: 1 Peter … 1 Peter 4:8 The charity about which St. Peter and St. Paul wrote is love; that love for each other, perfect, honest, intense (that is the word that brings out the true meaning of the original), which is the outcome of true and perfect love for God. (1 Peter 1:22). 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. I took a seminary student along with me, and because we were both wearing suits, the family greeted us eagerly. (48) It is enough to point out by the way their gross ignorance, for in a matter so clear it would be superfluous to add many words. John Piper @JohnPiper ... You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. The latter, also, makes use of this proverb (James 5:20), in illustration of what love is in relation to the sins of others. eis) one another intense. 4:7-11 The destruction of the Jewish church and nation, foretold by our Saviour, was very near. As to social relations, first of all stands intense love one for another. When we have intense love for brethren, we will want to forgive, we will stand ready to forgive. 1 Peter 4:8, ESV: "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." Fervent charity; ardent love to one another. If this sense be accepted here, it will imply that the Christians in Asia had a good deal to put up with from each other; but even so, the argument seems a little strained: “Keep your charity at its full stretch, because charity forgives, however many the wrongs may be.” It far better suits the context to take the proverb in the same sense as in St. James, without any reference to the Old Testament passage. 1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. because love covereth a multitude of sins. “Thymos” means desire. 1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God (1 Peter 4:1-2). Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. I believe Peter’s words have a two-fold meaning. Compare the conduct of Shem and Japheth (Genesis 9:23), in contrast to Ham's exposure of his father's shame. And he bids it to be fervent, or intense, or vehement, which is the same thing; for whosoever is immoderately fervent in self-love, loves others coldly. This also is Peter’s idea. For charity shall cover the multitude of sins, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 173-174) 3. ‘He is not advocating the ignoring of sin. Read 1 Peter 1:5, 10–11 to discern what Peter is referring to as “the end.” With 4:8–11 in view, list the ways that living in the “end times” should affect the community life of the local church. It is that love works for concord, throwing a covering over sins, forgiving them, excusing them, making as little of them as possible, while the genius of hatred is the opposite.—‘Hatred stirs strife, aggravates and makes the worst of all, but love covers a multitude of sins: it delights not in undue disclosing of brethren’s failings, doth not eye them rigidly, nor expose them willingly to the eyes of others’ (Leighton). 1 Peter 4:8 ‘Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins’. 1 Peter 4:11, NASB: "Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Such love is essential! By prayer for them, love tries to have them covered by God; so being the instrument of converting sinners, 'covereth a (not "the") multitude of sins;' the former idea from Proverbs is prominent. "Love hides them from its own sight and not from God"s sight. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to … Carefully note that love doesn’t ignore or downplay sins (Matthew 18:15). 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. See notes on, —Not our own, but those of our brethren; their faults and offences, which love overlooks and forgives, reversing the too human rule of leniency for self and strictness for others. (Proverbs 10:12). Hatred stirreth up strife, but love covereth all sins. For love will make you overlook the many faults you see in each other!”, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. (John 13:34-35). John Piper Sep 19, 1993 105 Shares Sermon. Eventually we realized they thought we were doctors. ‘Above all’-‘before all things’ (P.P. 1 Peter 4 New International Version: Par Living for God. ‘unity with and practical care for other Christians is not seen as an optional extra, but as a central part of the faith…Thus when applied in situations such as this it means not to slack off on love, to keep it going at full force, to be earnest about it.’ (Davids p. 157) A congregation can slack off on love (Revelation 2:4-5). Sins—Not our own, but those of our brethren; their faults and offences, which love overlooks and forgives, reversing the too human rule of leniency for self and strictness for others. The reason is found in what love does now and naturally, within the Church. For who is there that has not many faults? * 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same attitude (for whoever suffers in the flesh has broken with sin), 2 so as not to spend what remains of one’s life in the flesh on human desires, but on the will of God. From Proverbs 10:12 : cf. The woman was a relative of people who attended their church, and they were not sure of her spiritual condition. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. Greek. Comm. (Witham). Christians at times fail to remember that it is us against the world. before all things, having your love towards one another intense. In contrast to that, when a person gets himself drunk or high on drugs, he is not sober. The directions for sufferings are that we should not be surprised at them, but … A sober mind is not clouded by false perceptions of life. Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.a. The words are quoted from Proverbs 10:12. One mark of true charity is that it keeps us from spreading abroad. # 4:1 Or For the one [or One] who has suffered physically has finished with sin. 1 9 g Be hospitable to one another h without grumbling. In relation to their fellow Christians, Peter considered it most important that his readers keep their brotherly love at full strength ( 1 Peter 1:22; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 John 4:7-11). 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Apple YouTube Email. When they realized we had come to talk about spiritual things, the atmosphere chilled. James 5:20. The ‘and’ of the A. V. is cancelled by the R. V. and the best authorities. ‘intent, earnest’ (Thayer p. 200); ‘have intense and unfailing love for one another’ (Amp). Subscribe. In such cases we should exercise that charity that will give the other person the "benefit of the doubt." Before all things having your love one to another intense. I. Fervent love among Christian can prevent future sins from happening, i.e. 8 And above all things He commends charity or love as the first thing, for it is the bond of perfection. 1 Peter 4:8. The better reading is the present ‘covereth,’ not the future ‘shall cover.’ The sentence recalls the similar statement in Proverbs 10:12. Love will give the sinner a chance to repent (Matthew 18:15) and love will also pursue the sinner (Galatians 6:1). We do determine how loving the congregation in which we are members becomes! For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 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