LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY
1 PETER 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY 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; for examples, 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.
BENSON COMMENTARY It will cause us to excuse them in others, and will entitle us, through divine mercy to the expectation of forgiveness for our own numberless failings.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The nature of a Christian's work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavours should be serious and earnest. And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end. He is a miserable, unsettled wretch, who cleaves to himself, and forgets God; is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together. But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.
JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN BIBLE COMMENTARY By prayer for them, love tries to have them covered by God; and so being the instrument of converting the sinner from his error.