(Proverbs 17:9 KJV) He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
I find this verse a bit confusing. Is it good or bad to cover a “transgression” ? Is this a comment about our motivation or our actions? The key is understanding what “covers” (3680) means. My problem is that I tend to think of this in terms of forgiveness and patience. After all, love is patient. Love does not consider a wrong suffered. The problem is that the word is never translated “forgive.” Neither the KJV or the NASB clarify this. Recent revisions of the NASB change the word but it doesn’t help.
Do we cover our sins in order to look good to other people? Are we “looking for love in the wrong places”? Are we looking for love in the wrong way. Are we considering the wrong actions as being wrong? Some crowds consider being honest a flaw. Some think kindness and patience are misplaced. Do we try to cover our sin by denying we have sinned?
It is hard to repent if you don’t admit you were wrong.
So? For today look at your motives in how you relate to other people and how honest you are with God. Make your quest for love an honest quest not a masquerade party. Confess, repent, change, rejoice.