We’re living in a contentious time. Opinions are opposing, sides being taken and it seems like no one has an open mind to the thoughts and concerns of others. I think it’s time we begin to ask ourselves…

Soul H2O Devotion

314 An Open MindDo You Have An Open Mind? 

This past weekend, the eyes of the world were on my county of Canada; one of the nicest, most peaceful countries… normally filled with passive, non-confrontational, overly apologizing people.

A new government ruling for Truck Driver vaccine mandates triggered an uncommon protest that spanned from sea-to-shining-sea. I have friends and family on both sides of the argument, and I’ve seen this divide since the pandemic began.

There have been losses in relationships, jobs, and other areas of society because people aren’t taking, they’re telling… and I don’t think either side is listening well. I’ve never known a more divisive time in the history of our nation, in families, or friendships.

I think we’ve become like the people in Paul’s day who when he wrote about them said,

2 Corinthians 3:14

but their minds were closed.
For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it is set aside only in Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:14 HCSB

What The Bible Has To Say

The original word for closed in this verse can also be translated at “hardened, render callous, petrified”, its root is the word pōros which is the Greek word for a kind of marble or stone.

The imagery is found in the root. The people’s minds have become as immovable as a slab of stone; rock solid and never changing… but this imagery isn’t being applauded, is spoken of in negative terms.


No one should wear the “closed-minded” badge like it’s a badge of honour… because it’s not. Jesus never encouraged this way of thinking but always challenged people to keep an open mind and ask questions, like He did. So often, people asked Jesus questions, wanting pat-answers but He mostly responded with a question to get the person to think through things.

Today, I encourage you to ask God to show you where you’ve become closed to discussion, irritable, stubborn, and downright indignant. Then, let Holy Spirit soften your heart and transform you to hold an open mind.


Father… I thank You for creating me with a body, soul, and spirit. I want my soul; my mind, will, and emotions to show evidence of Your love and leadership in my life. Help my mind to not be full of “rocks”, hardened by my views but soft and open to hear from you and consider the views of others, so I can love everyone like You do; no matter which side of an argument they land on.

In Jesus Name…Amen

Drawing from the well

Verses to help fill up your well.

  1. 1. 2 Corinthians 3:14
  2. 2. Psalm 133:1
  3. 3. Hebrews 13:1
  4. 4. Genesis 13:8

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