It Makes Us Vulnerable

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16 King James Version

I have to be honest and tell you that I did not want to write this devotion. However, Jesus laid it on my heart to write this so I need to be obedient to Him. One of the definitions in Webster’s Dictionary for vulnerable is “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded”.

When we share what is in our hearts to someone, it makes us vulnerable. We run the risk of being judged, criticized, rejected and emotionally wounded. I don’t know about you but I am very reluctant to confess my faults to people. I think it is because I have been emotionally wounded. I shared a fault that I was struggling with and asked the person to pray for me.

Instead of that person praying for me, I was criticized. Not only was I criticized, I was also judged and rejected. It took Jesus many years to heal the hurt in my heart because of what that person said to me. When people share a fault they are struggling with, we shouldn’t criticize or judge them.

It is time that we stop judging people and start praying for them. There may come a time when we need prayer. We don’t want someone to criticize and judge us so we shouldn’t criticize and judge someone else. May God forgive us for criticizing and judging people when they desperately need us to pray for them.

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