I am sure most of us can agree that being vulnerable is certainly not the easiest thing to do. It is hard for us to break down our walls of comfort and dive into the deepest parts of ourselves. As the definition suggests, vulnerability can be a scary thing. Culturally, vulnerability is a sign of weakness; yet, God calls on us to be vulnerable all the time, with Him and others, if we want to experience true joy.
God created us with weaknesses so that we may confide in Him. Weakness is an aspect that allows God to play such a large part in our lives.
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul was given a thorn in his flesh, to keep him from becoming proud. Three different times, he begged the Lord to take it away. The Lord responded each time saying: “My Grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Paul experiences tranquility through this statement. He becomes glad to boast his weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through him.
2 Corinthians 12:10
“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
We too can experience the light of God’s Grace by breaking down our barriers. We must admit that we need God. We must admit our weaknesses, fears, and desires. We must be willing to say, “I need you God.” When are fully exposed, the Holy Spirit is able enter us and give us a new-found strength—a strength that will set us free.
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