Love Covers A Multitude of Sins

Updated: Mar 4



1 Peter 4:8

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

This truth is good for everyone

Notice the phrase, Above All things”


This phrase is found several times in the Scripture and although we will not investigate these passages, they do make an interesting study! Here are the times the phrase is mentioned.


Jer 17:9; James 5:12; 1 Pet 4:8; 3 John 2


In I Peter 4:8, Peter is walking these people through some thoughts about the will of God. We remember that there is a choice for a Christian to live according to the will of God or the will of the Gentiles (or the will of man). We also understand that no matter where we are currently, we can draw a line in the sand and choose to live the “rest of our time” according to the will of God.



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There is a correlation made between the death of Jesus and the death of the old man or the flesh which shows that we are not bound by the power of sin as we once were when we were lost.

Peter in fact tells us some things about the lives of Gentiles before they were saved - Read I Peter 4:3-4.


Let me ask you a question.

Have “they” ever wondered about you? Why dont you go to the dances? Why dont you drink beer or smoke cigarettes? Why dont you go to movies? Why dont you listen to Country and Rock and Roll? Why dont you laugh at dirty jokes?

You know why?

* Because Jesus has saved us and the HOLY Ghost lives in us and he is teaching us to be HOLY in Body, Soul, and Spirit.

* and there is another reason. Judgment is coming! See I Peter 4:5

Peter states it this way

1 Peter 4:7

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Do you know what “At Hand” means? I will take my cell phone - lay it close to me - My phone is "at hand"…it is near to me….Even in Peter’s day, he considered the end to be near…how much nearer must it be today….it could end in the moment and twinkling of an eye…

People were looking at the Christians of Peter’s day and thinking “they are weird….why would you live like the way you do? Persecuted and mistreated and you die just like everyone else”…. Hold on…Christ could come at any moment and then we will all give account….

And until Christ comes again…here is how you are supposed to live (I Peter 4:7-8)


1 Peter 4:7–8

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.



- And in verse 8, the phrase…

“above all things have fervent (persistent / unfailing) charity” (Agape).

Charity is a strong, (non-sexual) affection and regard for a person and their good (as understood by God’s moral character); especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges on another person’s behalf.




Is this the one thing you would have recommended “above all else” in a world that was anti-God and Anti-Christian? God deemed this most important. There is something exceedingly attractive about this kind of love among believers. If believer’s are fussing, fuming, and fighting all the time on every level (even among ourselves)….how ugly and unattractive.

Those in the world are already against us….Heaven help us never to be against each other…(Galatians 5:15)


Galatians 5:15

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.