Saturday, April 6, 2013

“Where is the power of your God?” They Say

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable.”
G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
The power of God is difficult to understand for many. For most in this life it is a trivial nonsense. They cannot see how an ‘invisible’ entity can inspire results of the supernatural, even though many, who cannot believe, believe somehow in horoscope, etc. How fickle are we? How far off the garden path of spiritual truth do we all tend to wander?
This power of God we speak of is real.
This power of God that we believer’s believe in is not what many expect; indeed, many believers are shown eventually that this supernatural power of God operates most in the relational realm, and not always so much in the pure supernatural.
The power of God brings forth possibility out of impossibility, but mostly in terms of relationships, and by acceptance—the realities of grace as they enfold over and weave within our lives.
Where we need the power of God most is where the power of God resides most—in the depths of the relational life that confuse us and overwhelm.
Power When Love and Forgiveness Seem Impossible
The most power we need is the power to love and to forgive when we struggle to achieve those ends of ourselves. When we struggle with relationships all of those prayers for God to break through and do the impossible faint, or, in fact, those prayers of impossibility become borne on the need for reconciliation; even though we cannot see how these prayers could possibly come true.
When we have found it impossible to love someone we need to love, or forgiveness has eluded us again and again as it rips and tears shreds from our emotional beings, we need the power of God to break through.
And this is where faith breaks past our lack of belief.
We simply trust it is possible. We pray to God that it is our most earnest desire; to achieve a relational position we can have peace with. Then we trust. We employ our faith. We simply obey.
The power of God is most needed and most visible through relationships. This power of God is the key to loving the unlovable and forgiving the unpardonable. Only through God’s grace—a miraculous gift—are we able to achieve a state of peace on issues that once tormented us. Such is the power of God for life.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

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