With time and targets always a pressure I find it all too easy to spot someone’s error and jump on them to sort it out. Often this is about WHAT they do rather than the results they get and has no rationale to it at all. Its something I struggle with as a boss.
In 1 Corinthians ch 13 we read about Love and often I forget just how practical this passage is.
Do we love others enough as verse 7 says to bear with them? By using the word stego (meaning “cover, conceal, protect”), Paul means that it is an act of godly love when we keep silent about unfavourable matters; when we stop ourselves from talking about somebody else’s error or sin; when we delay judgement and keep the persons reputation in tact; when we dont jump in all guns blazing, as it were, so the person has time to put things right or as the Bible would word it “repent” and to recover from it. We need to be careful not to let any of another persons sins become a source of mockery toward the church if it is a brother or sister in Christ it concerns because we “let the cat out of the bag” and gossiped.
There are peoples’ sins and faults that we should take with us to the grave, as Paul says about the man in Corinth: “These things shouldn’t even be talked about. Shut up. Keep it to yourself. Cover that person’s sin in love.” Love covers a multitude of sins (I Peter 4:8). Do I love the person ( whoever he/she might be – at home, at play, at work or in the Church) enough to give him a chance to repent? God does. Why can’t we? Or more to the point why can’t I?
Such a rush to condemn and blame causes all types of relationships to fly apart! I think I need to show a little bit of love, as Paul advises, “Let brotherly love continue” (Hebrews 13:1). It’s true for my Christian life within the Church and it is certainly true for me at work. God give me the grace to Love.
Have a good week