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Cover the Sins of Others

Forgive each other,
As the Lord has forgiven you…
Colossians 3.13

We’re continuing with the four promises of forgiveness, developed by Ken Sande.  

As we work out forgiving one another as we have been forgiven, Ken reminds us that when we forgive, we are making promises to one another. We promise not to dwell on the incident. We promise not to bring it up again and use it against the offending party. Today we look at the third promise, which is “I will not talk to others about this incident.”

When we forgive the sins committed against us, we are promising not to tear down the reputation of the offender. In other words, we will not gossip about this person and what they did to us. Making and keeping this promise helps us to not rehearse what was done to us.

The Bible uses the word “cover” when talking about forgiving sins (1 Peter 4.8). 

When the Bible tells us to cover the sins of others, it doesn’t mean we should be involved in cover up of sinful activities. Instead, it means that when we have received a confession of sins committed against us, we are to cover the sin by not letting it affect our relationship, and this covering includes not talking to others about the sins that others have committed.

Let us forgive one another and “[a]bove all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4.8).

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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