Amor Omnia Vincit

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Amor Omnia Vincit

By Rev. David Bast on July 9, 2022

Read: 1 Peter 4:7-11

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. (Prov. 10:12)

The Roman proverb used in the title of this devotional is translated “Love conquers all.” It’s an ancient statement of contemporary bumper sticker theology: “Love Wins.” But I wonder: Whose love? Conquers what? Wins how? Every wedding includes mutual promises to love, but that doesn’t stop divorces from happening. You can love a child with all your heart, but that won’t conquer his addiction or her agnosticism. How often does it happen in our experience that love, far from being all-conquering, is powerless to stop the destructive or hurtful behavior of our loved ones. All too often, love fails.

Better to say, with Proverbs and Peter, that love covers all. Note: it says cover, not cover up. Love isn’t blind (contrary to another popular saying). Love sees the offenses and acknowledges their wrong. But it can also cover them—with forgiveness. When someone wrongs us, rather than allowing anger to fester into hatred, we can choose a better way: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you” (Col. 3:12-13).

As Christians we have the power to forgive one another because God’s forgiveness covers us; and God has the power to forgive our sins because he has covered them with the blood of Jesus. —David Bast

As you pray, ask God to give you the strength today to put up with the little offenses you experience and forgive the big ones.

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