Coaching is great. SO this week we are looking at my vulnerbility.
Why is being vulnerable with others important? Is it truly important? What makes vulnerability important?
Webster defines vulnerability as "open to attack or damage". That does not make the idea of vulnerability very appealing. Vulnerability with others can be seen as a weakness or as a strength depending on your personality. According to the definition it really is a weakness. However, may sometimes having weakness may really be a strength?
If we look at our relationship with Christ, we know that vulnerability is really a strength. However, we also know that our Lord Jesus will never send us away or reject us with what we tell him. Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come and comfort them after he was gone. "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever-" John 14:26 NIV. Because we have the Holy Spirit, is it really necessary to be vulnerable with other people?
Our Lord Jesus always responds to our cries! We only have to read a few of the Psalms to see how God always responds to distress! When we cry out, God responds! "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress" Psalm 107:6 NIV. This is only one small passage that is repeated over and over in scripture. Hannah Whitall Smith states it this way: "Let us never grieve God again by doubting that He hears us, however faint and feeble our cry may be" (God's Love for You, 1999). God has such a great concern for us. Even those that are the very closest to us here on this earth, like our spouses, can not always respond to our cries. So do we need to be vulnerable and share our sorrows?
Our Lord Jesus loves us in spite of any sin that we may have committed. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8 NIV. No matter what we may do, God still loves us. Other people may love us when we are "good" but do they truly love us when we are not?