Make no mistake, vulnerable love hurts. To love with complete abandon will cost you. It has cost many their very lives.
Have you ever loved so deeply that it hurts when you think about never seeing that person again? So many writers describe this feeling…
“If you were my last breath I’d just want to hold you.” ~Kip Moore
“Vulnerable love doesn’t just hope to see. It longs.” ~Beth Moore
The Apostle Paul loved his Christian brothers and sisters so much he hurt. He was willing to die alone and in prison (and eventually was martyred) to further the good news and testimony that he himself had met Jesus Christ, the living God! Before his conversion, Paul, (known as Saul of Tarsus) was a Roman citizen who was also a Pharisee and zealot. He actually went out killing and persecuting those who were the disciples of Jesus.
As a Pharisee he once took great pride in keeping God’s laws. One day as he rode on his horse to the city of Tarsus, to hunt down and murder Christians, his entire perspective changed in one instant. You might say, “He was knocked off his high horse.”
He was blinded by a light and knocked off his horse. A voice from heaven asked him this question, “Saul, why do you persecute me?”
When you have an encounter with God, it will change the way you stand.Rev. C. Pettis
Paul, once a murderer and terrorist had been eternally transformed through the power of a resurrected Jesus. Read Acts 9.
Paul would become one of the greatest authors, evangelists, missionary and apostles the world has ever known.
After his conversion and now, years later Paul finds himself being led by the Holy Spirit knowing his future looks bleak. There are those who seek to destroy him. Those he once stood beside, now stand to judge, imprison and persecute, beat and kill him.
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24
Love hurtsSongwriters: Boudleaux Bryant
Love wounds and marks
Any heart not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain
Near the end of his life, Paul had grown so very close to those he had once persecuted because of Jesus. His hardened heart was now soft and vulnerable. He writes near his death (most agree it was Timothy) “I remember your tears.” (2 Tim. 1:4)
Because of Paul’s conversion and the grace, love & scars Paul endured we see what Beth Moore calls Vulnerable Love.
Make no mistake there is a God who loves and treasures you. He wept, He suffered, He was crucified, for one and only one reason: His Love For The World (John 3:16).
Divine Love Does Not Spare Itself. ~ Beth Moore
He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,John Mark McMillian
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
You are one of God’s Treasures,