Jesus told a man who had been paralyzed for years to pick up his bed and walk. But how can a paralyzed man do such a thing? He can not.
Jesus told an adulterous woman to sin no more. But how can someone habitually involved in such a lifestyle become completely holy? She can not.
Jesus told a dead man to come out of his tomb. But how can a lifeless corpse even hear the command, let alone obey it? He can not.
Nevertheless, the paralytic walked, the woman caught in adultery became a devoted follower of Christ, and the dead man – Lazarus – arose. It was not they who did the impossible on their own. It was Jesus who did the impossible in them.
Jesus tells me to forgive those who have wronged me; to be at peace in the midst of trials; to unconditionally love others, including my enemies. How can a mere human beings like me comply? I can not. But Jesus Himself living in and through me forgives, calms, and loves.
I must submit to Jesus… and do the impossible.