2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (KJV)
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
The Apostle expresses here what I believe is the constant struggle of the preacher; he grows to love his congregation but they don’t always equally love him.
In the case of Paul, the problem was others who came to claim that affection for themselves. We too have enemies vying for our congregation’s affection:
Sometimes it is a worldly love
A sports event or a boat or a cabin in the hills.
Sometimes it is another agenda
A political cause, a social issue or a pet peeve.
Sometimes it is another preacher
They abound today through TV, radio and social media.
Sometimes it is a nearby church
Whose members try to draw from other churches into their own.
Every pastor I think has experienced those emotions when it becomes obvious that a member of his church hasn’t the same love for him that he has for the member.
Paul simply urges them to love him as much as he loves them.
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