September 10, 2023

2 Corinthians 6:11–13

11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open.

12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

What keeps us from following God? Is it our own hearts?

The Corinthian church had fallen away from God. Paul appealed to them to return to God. Our love for God is heard by our words but, more importantly, our actions.

Jesus says in Matthew 7:22–23 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Our love for God is heard more in obedience to Him than in our words.

Our love for God is seen in our unselfish love for others. We must ask, “Am I more concerned with being seen in what I do?” Our motive for doing what we do is important.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.”

1 Peter 1:22 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”

Today, being Sunday, go to church. Be with other Christians, followers of Christ. Love them. Fellowship with them.

Hebrews 10:24–25

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.