Only Love Can Cover Sin

1 Peter 4:8

Others’ sin confronts us daily, and daily we must choose how to respond to it. In this lab, Pastor John explains what it means to respond with love and so cover their sin.

Principle for Bible Reading


A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

In This Lab

Pastor John shows us that we ought to continue loving each other earnestly because love covers many sins.

For more information on a ground.

An Example

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.

Key Words

Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with: for, because, or since.

Study Questions

  1. We’ve heard it said, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” but what does it mean?
  2. Does the great presentation of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4–13 have any allusion of this idea of covering sins? What does Colossians 3:12–13 and James 5:19–20 contribute to our understanding?
  3. Which sins are the hardest for you to overlook in the name of love? Whose sin is most challenging for you to endure and forgive?