Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!
Today we are studying Romans 15:30, which says:
Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
Now I appeal to you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join with me in fervent prayers to God on my behalf. (HCSB)
I have one request, dear friends: Pray for me. Pray strenuously with and for me—to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit—(The Message)
I urge you, believers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join together with me in your prayers to God in my behalf, (Amplified Bible)
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; (KJV)
Why is it important to be vulnerable?
Paul was vulnerable with the Romans so they knew what prayers he needed in his life to strengthen him. Being in the Body of Christ, gives us a safe place to be vulnerable with others so they can feel accepted even in their pain.
It is difficult to be vulnerable with others but once we can get over ourselves enough to let people in we can realize that we all struggle with something. We need each other to see the truth about us so we can see the truth. Meaning sometimes, we see ourselves as bad or not enough when in truth God has redeemed us with his blood and made us perfect in his sight. We are forgiven and loved. We no longer have to walk around in shame but we can be free. It is hard to think that freedom in Christ is free to us. We think we need to earn or work for it. God died so we could be free in Him. Therefore, God has given us people to help us work through our struggles by being vulnerable and being able to overcome them.
Eccl. 3:7 states, “a time to tear down and a time to mend.” Being open with others can help us get over our fear of being vulnerable and mend the deep hurts within all of us. When we are in a safe group to do this we know because we will feel accepted.
Romans 15:7 states, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
“How People Grow” by Dr. Henry and Dr. Townsend discuss the topic further on acceptance:
“Christ’s acceptance of us is the model for how we are to accept each other. The word acceptance means “taking to one-self.” It is an invitation. Briefly defined, acceptance is the state of receiving someone into relationship. To be accepted is to have all of your parts, good and bad, received by another without condemnation. It applies to all our relationships: with God, others, and ourselves. It is closely related to grace, undeserved merit. Acceptance is the result of the working of grace. Because of God’s grace, we are accepted into relationship. It is both a fact and something we are to take into our subjective experience, our hearts.”
God created us in Genesis to be naked and unashamed. However, when sin entered the world God provided his son, Jesus, to take our place and died on the cross for us so that we could be restored and made whole. We could be covered by the blood of Jesus instead of having to make animal sacrifices when we sinned. Jesus took our sins for us upon the cross once and for all. Now, we are free and not condemned.
Romans 8:1 states, “There is truly now no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus.
Confess your sins to each other, be vulnerable, be loving, be accepting, and be forgiving. No matter what you have done, it’s not to big for Jesus. He has already taken the punishment on the cross and brought you into a right relationship with God.
Lord, help us to be vulnerable with each other so we can bring glory to your name through healing. Lord, help us to pray for each other and to overcome any shame or guilt so we can live free in you, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Have a blessed day in the Lord! Remember, Jesus loves you!
Matthew Henry Commentary
Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary