The Power of Vulnerability
It might seem natural to equate spiritual health with an absence of weakness and vulnerability. Maybe it’s exactly the opposite. Sometimes power and strength are found where we least expect them. Could it be that running from weakness is actually a weakness? We become spiritually healthy when we see the value of humility, weakness, and vulnerability—all-powerful responses when combined with trust in God. When it comes to strength, God’s ways can seem upside down.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 is one of the most remarkable passages in the New Testament. What is Paul’s view of weakness in his life? How is this perspective upside-down from how many people view strength and power?
What is vulnerability? How might vulnerability be a good trait? What is the relationship between shame and joy and vulnerability?
Peter Scazzero says, “It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” What does that mean and how might that apply to your life?
Read Psalm 9:1 and 103:1. Why is it important not to hold back from God what’s inside of you? How is Psalm 77:3 at the statement of vulnerability to God?
What guidelines would you suggest for being vulnerable with other people? What are the dangers and benefits of vulnerability?
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