Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 17:9 and 17 which say:
“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
“17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
Verse 9 talks about those who foster love. Love covers over a multitude of sin (1 Peter 1:8), which is the same as an offense. But if someone were to repeat the offense, the friends would be separated, even if they were close friends.
We have done many offenses against God. We sin very much, and every sin we do is an offense against God. Yet God does foster love in His heart; He fosters so much love in His heart that He sent His very own son to take our punishment. Sin cannot go unpunished, so God sent His son to take the punishment. 1 John 4:10:
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Even though we repeat sin every day, God still fosters love in His heart to forgive us. And not only has He forgiven us, He has given us His spirit to live inside us.
Now, we should forgive someone else if they do an offense against us. We forgive because we have been forgiven; Because of God’s grace we serve Him. Even if our friend repeats the offense several times, we should forgive. Jesus said to forgive 70 times 7. He wants us to forgive any amount of sin against us.
Verse 17 tells us that a friend loves at all times, and that a brother is born for times of adversity. In short: Friends and family are there to help and love. Of course it would come as no surprise if one of your family members or a close friend came to help you if you’re experiencing a hard time! But if a stranger came up to help you it would be quite astonishing. Furthermore if an enemy of yours came to help in a time of need you would most likely be amazed.
So it is a wonder that us, enemies of God because of our sins, should be saved from the destruction that we surely would have experienced. You see, us sinners deserved to go to hell for our sins and trespasses, and we would have. Except that God (whom we were the enemies of) looked down on us with love and compassion; God sent Jesus down into this world to atone for our sins. Jesus; the very son of God (and God Himself), who was our enemy, came down into this world so that we would become not just “even” or “friendly” with God, but instead we would become the very children of God!
Jesus has granted us the right to be God’s children; He has given us communion with God! Now we rejoice because of our savior, and we rejoice because now we are God’s children!
As always: this has a practical application; and as usual, it isn’t hard to decipher this application. We should help our friends and family in their time of need (if possible). You could say that this is the least we can do in regards to the fact that Jesus has made us the children of God!
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland