We have opened our hearts wide
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
11 Dear friends in Corinth! We have spoken frankly to you; we have opened our hearts wide. 12 It is not we who have closed our hearts to you; it is you who have closed your hearts to us. 13 I speak now as though you were my children: show us the same feelings that we have for you. Open your hearts wide!
Discipleship is a process. It is a process through which our faith grows into maturity. It is a process that helps us grow in grace as we walk together with other followers of Christ. Paul writes, “We have opened our hearts wide.” This tells us that discipleship is loving, trusting, interaction with others who are on the same path of faith.
Paul the apostle reminds us that our faith brings us into a community of fellow believers. Spiritual maturity comes through the Word of God, prayer and in opening our hearts to each other. We are to open our hearts wide to each other, learning to trust each other. We open our hearts so that we can share our burdens and failures to a loving community that has experienced grace and is ready to share that grace with others.
We learn that a community of grace can be trusted—a community that has grasped that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). We trust others, who have come out from under law and live in the atmosphere of grace, offering love and true acceptance.
It is in such a loving community that true friendships are forged. It is in these grace friendships that our hearts are open and exposed. We learn to live in “open-heart humility” and accept the correction of those who we know truly love us.
In community relationships we can experience conflict. This conflict is God’s way of exposing the sinful selfish desires that still reside in our hearts. But this exposure is good for our souls. It allows us to see ourselves as we really are. Through repentance sin can be rooted out and we can change. This provides the path to greater maturity in Christ and deeper “open-heart” relationships.
Pray: Heavenly Father I am thankful for the community of faith. Help me to open my heart to your grace. Help me learn in humility to trust my fellow followers of Christ, so that I can be an instrument of blessing to them and receive the help of God they have for me. As I open my heart to others, change my heart, so that I can be freer to live in your grace and to honor your name. Amen.