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The Love Cover
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The Love Cover
Proverbs 10: 12

By Dr. Roland J. Hill

             My father lived by these words of wisdom, "Love is the answer to everything." As a pastor for nearly a half-century, he experienced the hurts, the betrayals, the abandonment, and the offenses that come with shepherding sheep. But he discovered early in ministry the secret for motivating, building, and growing people while staying encouraged himself: The Love Cover.  This quilt like cover my dad found highly effective in containing explosive situations, contrary constituents, and hurting people. He discovered also that the Love Cover has power not only to defuse explosive situations but to defend against personal anger, vengefulness, and discouragement. What makes the Love Cover so effective? It is its maker and material. The Love Cover is a spiritual three-layer quilt of forgiveness, mercy, and grace stitched together with the scarlet thread of Jesus’ love and woven by God's own hand. It is as powerful as God that's why sages through the ages have believed, "Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses." Proverbs 10: 12 ESV. Try the Love Cover the next time you're in a difficult situation. Toss the LoveCover over an abusive boss. Throw the Love Cover over a belligerent child. Gently place the Love Cover over an angry spouse. Pitch the Love Cover over an angry crowd and watch how it hides their sin and reveals your hearts. The three quilt layers of forgiveness, mercy, and grace filter out the offenders’ venom. It alters our view of the offenders. It allows us to see them as God sees them; His children.  We then gladly cover them with the quilt of love because we too are God’s children in need of this same cover of love. Tossing the Love Cover over others isn't easy, but it is essential for success. Go on; toss the Love Cover on someone right now. You can do it. Decide today to be like Linus on Charlie Brown with his ever present blanket; keep your Love Cover with you at all times.

The Prayer

            Dear Lord, I guess I do need to start willingly tossing the Love Cover over others. When I look at myself and see how offensive I am to You and others; where would I be without Your Love Cover. So as freely and frequency as You have tossed me Your cover of love, I gladly do the same for others. Holy Spirit, tossing the Love Cover to offenders is not a natural response of mine, so please take control of my mind and make the Love Cover readily accessible to me at all times cause a really need it. Thank You Lord for helping me see the power of love and from this day on I will believe that love is the answer to everything. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.