Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. (Proverbs 10:12 NKJV)

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Thought for the Week: A man, whose heart is full of hatred and malice against his neighbour, will stir up, or awake, contentions and quarrels which were asleep; these he renews by tale bearing, whisperings, and evil surmises; by raising lies, spreading false reports, character assassinations, and by toxic reproaches and slanders. But love covers all sins; not its own, but others. Love imitates the pardoning love and grace of God, which covers all the sins of his people with the blood and righteousness of his Son. Love spreads its mantle over the sins of its fellow creatures and Christians, and forgives them, all of them: instead of exposing them, hides and conceals them; and, instead of loading and aggravating the infirmities of others, puts the best constructions on them, hopes and bears, and believes all things, 

Prayer: God of mercy and compassion, of grace and reconciliation. Source of Life, Creator and Sustainer of all, you hold all situations and souls in your hands. You sent Christ into this world that we might have life and have it abundantly; he came as the Prince of Peace to a world that is too often tragic and violent. Let hatred be turned to understanding, fear to trust, despair to hope, oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation and division to reconciliation. These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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