It seems strange to us that we are weak,
When love from other people we do solemnly seek,
But the powers of approval and rejection are so,
That they make us, definitely, our very own distant foe.
We all hate it when we can’t discover our way,
To their hearts – and there to remain,
So best are usually we when we bear their wrong,
When we bear our own weakness, then we’re strong!
It’s unfair that we seem to be affected by the partiality of people. As people, we all accept some and yet we deny others – even as if we are unable to help it. Yet we whistle on the dark far too much when we are actually destined for higher things; not for ourselves, but for others.
We are, at once, asked and even required, by God, to accept every persons, notwithstanding their state or even status or even their infractions towards us, or any we may love.
What seems a absurdly tall order is the privilege associated with life in the Kingdom of the King of Kings. Once we recognise that will God gives us the capacity to have our love for every single following person, and we see that such unconditional acceptance is a gift and not the hardship, we have no bitterness about needing to forgive. It is our basic pleasure to forgive, for what God is already giving back to us.
CASTING AWAY NEED FOR ACCEPTANCE BRINGS TOLERANCE MEANT FOR REJECTION
Such a fabulously paradoxical life: that, within God, we are given not simply the opportunity to not need to be accepted, but also the tolerance of understanding and forgiveness to grapple with rejection. Not just one but both tools are given to us.
The heights of divine irony are arrived at when we determine it to be an honour to be lambasted again the poles of partiality, because we now have God, and with God, we have all we want.
This is the blessing associated with unconditional acceptance. No further effort, nor burden, is experienced. None in any way – at least as it is possible.
When we have God, and we have understood without complaint that will God – alone – is usually everything, we need nothing of individual partiality: that ‘precious’ if not complementing sense of being favoured without ever knowing why.
Only with The almighty have we the reason to forgive a person, so their wrong towards us won’t affect our approval of them. When we bear our some weakness, being truthful about its location, then we may be strengthened. This kind of strength is required to be able to forgive.
© 2013 S. M. Wickham.