The Apostle Paul wrote: “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.” [2 Corinthians 6:11-13]
As in all affairs of the heart, there is risk.
To me it seems one question is always: “Who goes first?” Who gets to be first to love, to risk, to be vulnerable? Paul settles the issue for those of us in ministry: We get to go first! In doing so, we model the way of love for those around us. “We have opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you.”
How generously, how obviously, how daringly do we love? How careful are we to not withhold our affection from those we lead?