My kitchen table has a thick plastic tablecloth on it most days to protect it. My table is used for eating, projects, coloring, homework, games, and toys. If I don't cover it up, it would be destroyed pretty fast. Because my table is covered, I don't worry about it.
My family needs a covering too. The covering is a blanket of forgiveness. With all the relationships in our house, it seems like one of us is always saying "please forgive me". There are so many opportunities for us to step on each others toes, and I think there is usually someone who is having a bad day. Since we are back in the swing of school, we can feel the stress of homework, dead-lines, and tests. We all have to be thinking about our family motto, "others first" because we are all focused on ourselves.
I believe this is the idea behind the verse in Proverbs 17. Verse nine says, "He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends." It's easy in relationships to pick at each other, but we need to cover over the offenses and promote love. To cover over means to forgive. If we forgive, it means: I won't bring it up to you again; I won't bring it up to others; and I won't bring it up in my mind.
If we can get this, we could really "feel the love". Forgiveness is work, but it helps our relationships. So...this week, just take one step. Don't bring up any past mistakes. Just cover them up with LOVE.