11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
Two wonderful verses to end the year with from Paul to the Corinthians. As verse 13 reveals he is speaking to them as if a parent to them with his and his companions hearts open to them. All we have to do to understand this is remember how we open our own hearts to our own children.
To make this even clearer Paul mentions they have spoken freely to the Corinthians, that is openly without restraint so great is their love for the Corinthians who have come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. All this after talking about how they have suffered to bring them the Good News of Jesus
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Then Paul makes a point many of us have made to our own children – we have loved you without limit, yet you do not do the same in return or in Paul’s words
12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
2 Corinthians 6:12
Then concludes with a request that they no longer behave in such a way and instead
13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
2 Corinthians 6:13
Parents naturally desire the love of their children, but it is not always so. Thus God also desires the love of His creation as Jesus told Nicodemus
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
I will end 2018 with these verses of God’s love for us as He waits on us to return His love my choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.