I’ve Been Wronged, But It’s Alright
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
One of the best ways to show love is to forgive. One of the most sure ways to destroy friendship and community is to continually bring up past offenses.
It is impossible in our fallen, human existence to go through life without being slighted or offended by others. Proverbs 17:9 reminds us that seeking love means that we cover over these offenses in order to foster and build friendships. When we dwell on these things and continue to go back to a previous offense, it separates friends.
Are you a person that covers offenses or repeats and brings up past transgressions against you? Covering offenses is key to unity within the church as well. Because the church is made up of imperfect people like me and you, it is inevitable that we will offend each other. It’s also imperative for us to remind ourselves as the church at Corinth had to be reminded what love is and does. 1 Cor 13: 5 says that love keeps no record of wrongs. That sounds a lot like covering over an offense.
As I read this verse, I couldn’t help but be reminded of what Jesus did for us.For those of us who have accepted the free gift of His sacrifice, His blood covers our offenses.When we think about how much we have been forgiven, it’s much easier for us to forgive others. David tells us in Psalm 103:12, that he has removed our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west.In Isaiah 43:25, God reminds us that he will remember our sins no more.I have offended a Holy God and my offenses are covered and will never be brought up again.In light of that what response should I have to the offenses against me other than what Proverbs 17:9 suggests.
Questions To Ponder
Do you know how to love and win friendships?
When others provoke you, do you think kind and merciful thoughts or do you think of reprisal?
A certainty of human relations is that others will irritate and offend you, what is the key on how you are to respond to their transgressions? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
How are you known by your spouse, your children, your friends, your co-workers, and others? Proverbs 14:29 – James 1:19
Scripture Memory | January | Proverbs 17:9
“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”