To love is to be vulnerable…

Love makes us vulnerable. I know that’s scary and not what we want to hear. We want to hear how love makes us strong and courageous and bold; and love does make us those things as well. However, if you think of the most radical act of love that humanity has ever experienced, it would have to be Jesus’ death on the cross. His love for us made him vulnerable to death on a cross. His love for us, made him a servant. The devil loves to torment us whenever we are in conflict with one another because “We should know better or do better because we love this person.” But, we are human. We need to understand our vulnerability and lean on God all the more. We need to unite against the devil instead of playing the blame game on each other. Our vulnerability is strength if given to the hands of God. It is through God that we are given the strength to love each other.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary; His understanding is beyond searching out. He gives power to the faint and increases the strength of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

I’ll give you guys an example of this that I’ve been thinking on recently. Currently I am not dating but thinking on my past relationships, boundaries were an issue and created many discussions and much shame and finger pointing. We cared for each other, but still fell in some areas. I would suggest, and this is not the end all be all on this subject, but I would suggest that being in dating relationships and aiming to honor God with abstinence, automatically makes us vulnerable. We think that our love is so strong that it will keep us in line; I believe that is false confidence that comes from the devil, to keep us reliant on ourselves; OUR own love. But, GOD IS LOVE. He gives us the ability to love each other well, in complete dependence on him. Contrary to current beliefs, it is STRONG TO BE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON GOD. Our love will be strong when we are vulnerable before the Father. I will end with a quote from a wonderful woman of God, Havilah Cunnington, “People say that I use God too much as a crutch. And you know what, I not only use him as a crutch, He’s my feeding tube!”

Father, I thank you so much for the person reading this. I thank you that your love is so vast and so wide and even when we hurt those we love, you are leading us as a child on how to do better. You don’t shame us or point your finger at us. I thank you that you are so patient as we learn to love as you do. I pray that we all practice how to serve one another in honor and love. Amen.

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