“He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.”
When we love someone and they do something that doesn’t quite agree with us, we may think, “That’s just her way” or “Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt” or “They messed up, but they meant well,” and then drop the matter and not talk about it. On the other hand, if someone we don’t like did the same thing, we might say something much differently, expressing our disapproval and freely share our disdain with others. What’s the difference? We love the first person and not the second. In this Proverb we see a truth. If we forgive and cover an offense we promote love. If we discuss the matter we may cause a separation or alienation.
Our motives will be revealed by our behavior. Do we seek to promote love and friendship or separation and alienation? What kind of a world do we want to live in? How do we want others to treat us? Let’s do our part to promote grace and forbearance with one another and hope others will give us the same break. The test comes more with people that we do not love. If we can guard our behavior and give them the same break that we give those we love, we have accomplished a worthy goal, to promote love. Imagine what our lives could be with less suspicion, less condemnation, more kindness, and more grace.
Action: Seek to cover an offense.