Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Weakness is Strength

Weakness is Strength

I have written on Perfect Power in our weakness. What a strange irony for the world’s culture of power in wealth, position, title and connections. Paul is told by God when asking for healing in his illness, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Where does our strength come from? My strength comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Yet, I am wounded and broken in many ways with scars like the tree in the photo above taken by my cousin Douglas F. Frank, a landscape artist. A reader can imagine the centuries of wind and weather that has affected this ancient Oregon pine forest.

Are you wounded? Is it from your upbringing or pain from marriages or work? Have you been ripped or torn by fellow workers out of some unresolved anger in their hearts. We all have been wounded, usually by people close to us, that’s because they know us, and sadly can hurt us.

The Israelites were weak compared to their enemies. Yet, God’s strength brought them victory time and again. I have personally been healed from lethal illness when physicians have said they can do nothing. In deep depression and almost despair the Holy Spirit has moved through me with healing balm and power out of weakness. The Spirit helps us in our weakness Romans 8:26 tells us.

Being wounded is a sad part of being human. Good medicine, physical conditioning and a good God who wants to make us whole and healed bring about our healing. But He wants our soul healed more than our bodies as Jesus often showed with how He healed. Forgiveness and reconciliation with God and other people is a key to living a whole life. Un-forgiveness brings spiritual and physical illness. Strong emotions of anger, fear, envy and even rage can develop with unresolved issues in our lives. The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:18 reminds us to be at peace with everyone as much as it depends upon you and is even possible. He is saying there a times and people where reconciliation is impossible. Yet our forgiving the other will release us from its strangle hold.

Speaking of the Word of God, Proverbs 4:21-22 tells us, “Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Paul tells us that God has given us a ministry of reconciliation and to use it.  Be a peacemaker. This is not weakness, but strength that brings people together, not tares them apart. Repentance and forgiveness are keys to the Christians faith. This Easter Season let us remember our Redeemer who died that our sins might be forgiven and we might be lifted up like Him in resurrection power. Through His life and death the weak are made strong, Hallelujah!

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