Proverbs 10:12 says, “Love covers all sin,” and that is what we see when Shem and Japheth covered Noah’s naked body. It was the right thing to do. And the way they did it expressed their love for their father.
But covering their dad’s nakedness didn’t erase Noah’s sin of drunkeness.
I’m convinced that many of our modern churches have neglected that fact. God’s love doesn’t cancel out the penalty of sin. His love covers us like a blanket because He IS LOVE. God so loved the world…
But He is also holy and demands holiness of us, His children. He is quite clear that every sin comes with a serious consequence. Every single sin.
We can learn a lesson from Noah’s sons. And it has to do with our reaction when we see a believer sinning.
First, they didn’t ignore it, rationalize it, or judge him for it. They went to him in love and restored his modesty.
Second, they didn’t go around talking about it. Their actions were private and respectful. And they kept it that way.
When we see a brother or sister living with a sin, we need to approach them like Noah’s boys approached their dad. We shouldn’t ignore it, or gossip about it. We need to take that blanket of God’s love, and see if there is some way to restore them, to encourage them to get right with the Lord. Then, we need to walk away and certainly not talk about it to others.
May God find us faithful as we hold one another accountable out of love. And let’s be in the restoration business for Jesus’ sake.