Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
My friendships are so sweet. Praise God!
As a child I didn’t have any friends, and the ones I do remember were not good influences for me. They were those who set their hearts on evil, and every unclean practice known to man. Out of all the ugliest things I have ever been a part of, I would have to say that when I repeated the offense of someone I loved to every ear that would listen. What did that do to our friendship? Sadly, it destroyed it.
Thankfully it was a hard lesson learned. Since then, over twenty years now, I am much more careful to restrain my tongue from anything that could damage a friendship.
When you repeat a matter, it is usually something that is already dwelling inside you, and the more you repeat it, the more it sinks down inside you. It is already doing the work of separation, as it works to change your mindset into believing you are better off without that person in your life, (most often it is your own husband or wife). It is like a bitter root that is planted deep within your heart and the only way to freedom is to forgive.
The love that is spoken about here is a love that doesn’t see faults. And when we can honestly get to a place where love covers over everyone’s offense, it would truly be a force to be reckoned with. This is my goal. I want to love like Jesus loved.
The opposite of separate is unify, so if we could just shut the trap, and cover over the offense with a loving compassion that we are all sinners saved by grace, the glory that will shine in our lives would be something that brings us all together in unity and Jesus’ prayer that we would be one, even as He and the Father are one, would be answered.
How do these verses help me to expand His kingdom? Well we already established that repeating a matter has the potential to separate close friends, so any separation in His kingdom is an open window for the enemy to separate more people, and divide His people from not only each other but from His will, His purpose, and His kingdom. There is no place for gossip in God’s kingdom. So if we are going to expand His kingdom, there must be a love inside of us that will cover over the offense of others, and not repeat a matter, even if it is because so and so needs prayer. Just keep the offense between you and God.
United we will stand together in His Kingdom. Love each other deeply from the heart and you will have sweet friendships like I do.
What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?
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