Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. ~1 Peter 4:8
Pictured above is the surface of our back deck. Not a pretty sight! It has been pummeled by rain and snow, heat and cold, for many years, and its once perfectly stained facade has faded into grey. The poor, unfortunate boards are in desperate need of a makeover if ever there was one!
So, before the leaves of autumn threaten to turn and fall, my husband, Danny, decides it's high time to bring the deck back to life. We have plenty of stain left over from the time his son, Nicco, upgraded our front porch, so supplies to accomplish the job stand at the ready. It takes two days for Danny to accomplish this feat, but the result? Pristine and priceless!
What a transformation this is! Our once old, weary and worn-out deck is made new again by the power of a paint brush, stain, and loving, careful attention from Danny.
This reminds me of what happens within us when we ask Jesus into our lives. We are weathered and withered by sin, weighted down with sorrows and regrets. Yet, our Lord takes out His paint brush of love and forgiveness, and gives us a one-of-a-kind makeover and a fresh, new start. Just like the tired old deck, we are made new by His grace and His Spirit, freed to love others as we love ourselves.
So, if you are someone who has not invited Christ Jesus into your heart, will you think long and hard about making that choice today? And if you are already a follower, perhaps it's time to recommit to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
His love, indeed, covers a multitude of sins.