Two verses and still a lot to say…
“Cover a multitude of sins” — hmmm…sounds dangerous, like ‘saving’ others will help us earn our way to heaven. How does one ‘save’ another anyway? In my enthusiasm for Christ, how can I know that I haven’t turned more people away than I’ve brought? And I am not doing much of anything, anyway. I’m afraid I have a greater talent at alienating people than…than what, exactly? Saving them? Persuading them? Selling them on Jesus?
What am I supposed to be doing anyway?
I’m not a salesman for Jesus — I tried and failed, miserably. He doesn’t need me selling him anyway. What I CAN be is someone who loves God and Jesus and who earnestly seeks after righteousness, to become holy (which will never happen, but its the quest). Sure, some people won’t like me. But maybe to others I can be a friend, a comfort, a companion when they feel lonely in their quest. Maybe thats all I can be. Maybe thats exactly what God wants me to be. What a joy, to think I might be who God intends me to be.
In this passage, I definitely don’t understand ‘cover’ing. I’m a Creedal gal, I believe Christ died that my sins might be forgiven, not covered. What is this covering? One conclusion is that saving others requires seeking righteousness in myself. If I am endeavoring to do this, hopefully, I won’t be sinning. But maybe the one whose sins are covered is the one we are leading from error. Whose sins? What covering? I trust that if God has a message for me in this one, he will reveal it. Otherwise, I shrug my shoulders and say ‘mystery of faith.’ I do that a lot.