I am no Martha Stewart! My beds never look like they could be featured in a magazine. It is enough for me that they are made up in the morning. I do not worry about the corners or the exact placement of the pillowcase edges.
I learned fairly early to use duvets or comforters when our kids were small. They were much more forgiving then bedspreads. All the kids had to do was pull them up. Smoothing them down was not so important. More than once toys were misplaced and found to be sitting unseen under the thick covers!
Our verse for today describes a happiness that comes from our sin being covered. Forgiveness lightens the heart! When we acknowledge and confess our failings to Him, He is faithful to forgive (I John 1:9). Christ loving sacrifice on the cross does more than just cover sin, but actually eradicates it! That is joy, to live without crushing guilt!
It is because of His love for me that Christ forgives me. He asks us to extend forgiveness to others as well. When I love someone it is so much easier to do. I Peter 4:8 says, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” Loving forgiveness is like that duvet, covering all the imperfections beneath it. That kind of love between believers is the “fervent” love the verse talks about. This love comes from Him and when I feel it, I am much more likely to forgive.
Whether love is felt or not, He wants me to forgive others. His huge forgiveness for me and what it cost Him can motivate me. I am blessed to be forgiven. Help me, Lord, to bless others in the same way!