“Open your hearts to us.” 2 Corinthians 7:2
You can almost hear Paul crying out to the Corinthians, “Please open your hearts to us!” Paul cared deeply for the Corinthians, like a father cares for his children. They had closed their hearts toward him after receiving his stern letter of correction and stopped having fellowship with him, so Paul desperately desired that they would open their hearts to him once again.
“Fellowship” is a word we may use too lightly in our churches. Paul knew how important fellowship was to the the church. The Greek word “koinonia” is used twenty times in the New Testament and fifteen of those times were from the mouth of Paul. The variety of ways Paul uses the word reveals that it involves a deeper level of fellowship than having a cup of coffee with a friend. The essential element of koinonia is participation in Christ since He is who connects us.
If fellowship was important in Paul’s day, it certainly is important today. It seems there is barely enough time in the day to take care of our personal and family needs, let alone the needs of others, but according to Paul none of these things are as important as spending time in fellowship with the church, taking time to care and open up to one another. Again I’m not talking about simply having a cup of coffee with someone, but having an accountability with each other than can only come from having shared lives intertwined in Christ.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after a censure is as the sun after a shower.” Join us on Sunday as we open up 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 and learn more about having “Open Hearts”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!
Potluck Sunday is this Sunday so please remember to bring a dish to share and to invite a friend to join us for a great day of fellowship.