Open Wide

“Open wide your heart.” 2 Corinthians 6:13

Opening your heart up to others, letting them in, and loving them can be so painful. The more you love, the more apt you are to getting your heart a little banged and bruised up.

When you open your heart to others, it can start to fill up quickly and get heavy at times. People share their burdens, which can sometimes become overwhelming. Wide-open hearts provide lots of opportunities for heartbreak. But at the same time, they also provide a lot of opportunities for joy.

What I have to keep reminding myself is that God opened up His heart to me, a rebellious sinner who broke the heart of the very One who created me. His love is so pure and unconditional and He expects nothing in return.  Absolutely nothing will be able to separate us from His love. {Romans 8:39} As Tullian Tchividjian wrote in Surprised by Grace, “Once we know that we’re forever loved by Jesus, we’re free to love others regardless of the risk, because our deep need to love will be satisfied.”

“Love one another deeply, from the heart.”  1 Peter 1:22

May I love others well with the same kind of love that God showed to me: an unconditional, never-giving-up, in-spite-of, expecting-nothing-in-return, forever love. As I open my heart wide to others, I must trust the Maker of my heart to protect it. And He will.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one,
not even to an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change.
It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
{C.S. Lewis in “The Four Loves”}
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