Widen Your Heart (II Samuel 13, II Corinthians 6)3

“When King David heard of all of these things, he was very angry.”  II Samuel 13:21

“You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your affections.  In return (as speak to you as children) widen your hearts also.”  II Corinthians 6:12-13

“Could it be possible?”  I mean, “Could it really be possible fora Christian to dislike another Christian?”  The answer is, “Yes.”  The reason, “Sin in the life of the Christian.”

Here in II Corinthians 6 the Apostle Paul reminds the church of his partnership with the Lord in the ministry of reconciliation (6:1-2).  Because of this ministry there were some hard feelings that had developed in the church (7:2).  Some in the church had closed their heart’s to Paul’s ministry.  Notice how Paul responds to all of this:

1. Paul reminds them of his spiritual resume, Vs: 1-11

Paul’s heart was wide open to them.  An examination of his ministry would lead anyone with a wide open heart to see this very fact.

2.  Paul reminds the church of their spiritual restriction of heart, Vs: 12-13

They were thinking wrongly about Paul.  Paul reminds them that he has not been a hinderance to their ministry.

3.  Paul reminds the church of their responsibility, Vs: 6:14-7:1

This church was to get ride of the things that would cause their heart to be narrow and prejudice.

Think it through:

1.  Are there things in your relationships that have narrowed your heart?  Get rid of them.

2.  Do you need a clean heart?  Ask God to forgive you and to restore to you the joy of your salvation.

Take it out for a spin:

Dear Father, show me my heart as it really is.  Please remove the restrictions and replace them with a heart that is wide open (Filled with your love).” 

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