“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall COVER the multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8
“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall HIDE a multitude of sins.”   James 5:20
“COVER”‘ denotes an action with respect to the sins, let it be observed that James 5:19, 20, clearly establishes this. One restores another (v.19) and in doing this, he covers a multitude of sins. Hence, the covering is the result of an action. Love is proved by action. Much love is wordy and tongue deep. “Children, let us not love with word, nor with tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
MULTITUDE OF SINS: It is not said that all sins are covered by love. But a very large quantity may be covered.  When divine love is at work, i.e., love which is of God, a multitude of (not all) sins will be covered. (There is, by the way, such a thing as “covering up,” an indifference which in effect pretends that the sin is not there, a matter that is not the result of divine love.) But note again that love does not cover all sins. There is such a thing as a sin unto death (1 John 5:16). And there were those at Corinth who had experienced this (1 Cor. 11:29-32).

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