The Stretched Blanket

8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4).

Whenever we are forced out of our comfort zones to do things we normally would not do, we say we are “being stretched.” This is exactly the meaning of the word “fervent” here: “to be stretched out.” It is yet another word used only by Peter, and only here.

It makes me think of unconditional love (“agape”) being like a blanket which is stretched over our brothers and sisters in Christ, covering an untold number of their sins. In and of ourselves, that is, in our own pride and sinfulness, we are more inclined to expose their sins, rather than to cover them. Thus, we are “stretched” in our spirituality when we stretch the blanket.

Lord, thank You for not counting our sins against us. Help us This Day to do the same for others. Help us to stretch the blanket. Amen.