Beyond the Gospels: Corinthians

Today’s Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
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We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange–I speak as to my children–open wide your hearts also.–vs. 12-13

Does someone or some situation come to mind when you read these words? So many times in our lives… maybe most… there is no fair exchange. We give and get nothing in return. We receive and give nothing back. It happens to us and when we are honest… it hurts. We might hide it under anger or frustration. It is easier to turn away from those who won’t love us in return.

Paul takes a different approach. He reminds them of their love for them and then asks, maybe even pleads… open wide your hearts. Is there someone who needs to hear you say this? Is there a place where your heart has closed? Maybe it is time to open wide and allow God to reveal His love and affection for you… and for others.

Lord Jesus, open wide my heart to You
and to others in Your name.

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