Paul asked the Corinthian Christians to open their hearts to him and his fellow-preachers, reminding the brethren that he had not wronged them, had not corrupted them, and had not cheated them.
Then he revealed his motive for wanting them to open their hearts to him,
“I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together” (2 Corinthians 7:3).
He and his preacher friends did not seek to condemn the Corinthian Church, because they were so much in the hearts of the preachers that they would die with the Corinthians and live with them.
Can you say that you have your congregation in your heart to that extent?