quarta-feira, 8 de maio de 2013

Love Forgives Sins ...

1 Peter 4:8 - But above all things have fervent love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Among the many recommendations given by the Apostle Peter, one of them says: "Above all, love one another earnestly, since love forgives many sins." (I Peter 4:8).

It is interesting to note that Peter does not begin recommending forgiveness, knowing the importance of this attitude in the case of the Christian life. The biblical teaching reminds us, in many texts, that forgiveness is an attribute that belongs to God. Contrary to the pagan gods of yesterday and today, the Father of Jesus Christ is revealed as a Lord who restores and you want to restore. When denounces sin, that is, the attitude that alienates the human being from the Lord, the goal of the Gospel is always: God regrets our distance and comes to meet us. He comes because He loves us. And because He loves us, forgives.

Were those who preach forgiveness as a fiduciary duty. If it is that I am a Christian, I "have an obligation" to forgive. The commandment we have, the greatest of all the commandments is love. It is to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. This synthesis is taught by Jesus. This is teaching the disciples left, accept the Spirit of Christ. And this Spirit when penetrates us, empowers us to forgive. The teaching of Peter, then, follow the order biblically right. First, accept the love of Christ, and make love the basis of our relationships. All other dimensions of Christian conduct arise as a result. Including forgiveness.