We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us." -2 Corinthians 6:12
I love music. I also love a good remake. I’ve been loving the remakes of Robin S’ Show Me Love. Two of my favorite versions are by Clean Bandit and the other by Sam Feldt. Although between both of those remakes the artists style is different, the remakes stayed true to Robin’s expressions of how she desperately wants to be loved.
We like music for various reasons; instrumentation, lyrics, feeling and I definitely feel this song. Being in my late 20’s and unmarried (while many of my friends from high school and people younger than me have been married for a few years now with children), when I hear this song, I can’t help but think about my past failed relationships and what went wrong. One of my favorite parts of this song is the lyrics:
If you’re looking for devotion
Talk to me
Come with your heart in your hands
Because my love is guaranteed
Tonight in my personal bible study, I came across a gem from my favorite Paul. In 2 Corinthians 6:12, Paul is telling the people of Corinth that they are not restricted by him and his teachings. Rather, they are restricted by their own affections to it. Does that sound familiar? Are there times when we are not willing to be affectionate towards something or someone because we are holding back? It’s definitely easier and more comfortable to blame someone else or something else for our standoffish-ness (definitely a word I just made up) instead of digging a little deeper and seeing that the lack of that affection is because we are creating space in between.
When God sent his only son to pick up our tab on the cross, Jesus wiped that awkward, in between space out. So why are we so adamant about keeping it there? If our debt has been paid and we can truly thrive and not strive, why are we walking around with a heavy heart and creating space between our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Why are we creating space between ourselves and God?
I think Robin S said it best.
We aren’t starting our devotion with the one who created love and affection. I hear God saying to us, if you’re looking for devotion, come to me. Come with your heart in your hands (you know, that whole total surrender thing?) because my love will never let you down. If we could have that much confidence in God with our hearts as we do roaming and searching for something or someone else to give our hearts too, I have a feeling there would be a lot more people healed.
Let’s break it down so it will forever be broken.
When you’re devoted to something, you are loyal, faithful and true. All those things we look for in bae right? Well God is the textbook example of faithfulness. #thatsBAE He has always been the same. Never switched up. Never played us to the left. Never strung us a long. His word even says He’ll never leave us or forsake us. And speaking of His word, He’s never uttered one word He hasn’t kept and doesn’t plan on keeping.
In order to be in a successful relationship, communication is key. Not just one sided communication, but speaking your honest and true thoughts and feelings and then listening. God is loyal and faithful and these characteristics make it easy for us to be able to talk to Him about anything! What an amazing feeling to know and feel free to be ourselves flaws and all before Him and knowing without a doubt that He won’t change up on us.
When we come to God with our heart in our hands, we come in total surrender. Giving our heart to God so He can make it new. Cleansing us from the inside a really good deep clean, that it has no choice but to come spurting out on the outside. When total surrender takes place, that in between space we were talking about disappears. We are no longer restricted by our unwillingness to be affectionate. Instead, we are propelled in being collaborators with Christ. Opening ourselves up to new relationships with other people who may not look, talk or act like us. Relationships means we have the opportunity to demonstrate the immense love and patience God gives us to others.
And last but certainly not least, God’s love is a love that we know we can hang our hat on. His care for us gives us a safe place to rest our head. Knowing that He cares so deeply for us that He makes sure we get home safe, and opens doors and communicates to us what we need to hear not necessarily what we want to hear. When we are doing right He’s so supportive and when we are wrong, He gently puts us back in the right direction. He is always protective,never loses faith, is always hopeful and a freely provides a love that always endures (1 Corinthians 13:7).
So, if you’re looking for true devotion, bring your heart to God. Let’s challenge ourselves to not allow our own restrictions block our affections or take God’s grace for us in vain. Allow God to open up our heart so we can show some love.
Jennifer is a student and teacher of the bible who lives in Louisville, KY. She believes that strongly believes in maturing the saved.