Some Interesting Bible Verses to Consider
Here, I will comment on some Bible verses that are commonly
misunderstood or not applied as they should.
I Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one
another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
This verse is often used to counter Jesus’ commands in Matthew
5:23-24 and Matthew 18:15-17 that believers who have offended
the other should immediately go and get the matter reconciled.
From Matthew 5:23, the importance of the matter supersedes
But I Peter 4:8 can be re-translated using Jesus own words in
another place. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my
commandments” (John 14:15). Thus, love is keeping Jesus’ (all
of God’s) commandments of the Old and New Testaments.
Thus, I Peter 4:8 is re-translated, “Above all, keep fervent in
‘keeping all of God’s commandments’ towards one another, because
‘keeping all of God’s commandments’ covers a multitude of sins.”
It is strange that God has provided the precise mechanism for
disagreements and hurts between brethren in the verses cited of
Matthew 5 and 18, yet Christians still look for excuses not to
go. He even provided for others to be involved should the two
offending parties not be reconciled on their own (Matthew
18:16-17). I have shown by substituting Jesus’ own definition
of love in I Peter 4:8 that that verse cannot be used to avoid
the “going.” If fact that verse, as correctly translated here,
actually says the opposite. “Love is the fulfillment of the
commands to ‘go’ to each other.
Now, who are you at odds with? “Go, now, quickly.” Apart from
not knowing some basic doctrines (Hebrews 6:1-3), there is no
greater problem in the church today.