And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 KJV
Did you know there's a lot of good things happening in the world? It's true, during this pandemic, there have been countless examples of how individuals have stepped up, demonstrating charity towards others. Earlier this week, I had a story of 18-year-old Antonio Gwynn Jr., who after the riots in his home town of Buffalo, NY went out by himself at 2:00 in the morning to clean up trash so folks could get to work. In our City of Brockton, individuals and churches have worked tirelessly cooking, making bag lunches, and serving the homeless, school children, and families in need. Many who could sew made masks. Those who could felt comfortable leaving their homes ran errands for those at high risk. Those confined to their homes checked on friends and family through phone calls, cards and letters, and social media These are just a few of many examples, I could not possibly begin to list all the acts of charity.
The scripture today alternatively uses the words charity and love depending on the version you're reading. This makes sense, in showing charity for others we are not only demonstrating our love for each other but serving as a witness of Christ's love for us. My favorite part of the scripture, the one that gives me most joy and hope is, "for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." The power of agape love conquers sin! When we spend our time and effort in love, living righteously, sin has no place.
God, we thank you for your son Jesus, the perfect example of love. We admit, we often fall short of the love we should have for each other. Help us today to love others as you love us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.