As we seek to relationally connect with one another in this world, we can find ourselves in “one-sided” relationships. These relationships can be heartbreaking when one party is genuinely invested while the other is flippant or aloof. Most of us can think of a relationship that we have had like this in our lives and know the pain of having someone that you care for withhold affections. However, reading this passage brings a different conviction to me today! Rather than being consumed with ensuring that I am not trampled on…being diligent about protecting my station…seeking to gain the affections of those that I care about, should I not be more concerned about my own withholdings. Where have I withheld affections? Whether actively or unknowingly, have I been closed off to those who have “opened wide” their hearts to me? How can I shift the focus of my relationships from “what is this doing for me” to “how can I love and receive others”? Father, I ask you to reveal to me where I need to open wide my heart.
"We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 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."
2 Corinthians 6:11-13