Originally Posted by Linsinbigler
Omnipotent vs. Almighty
Per other discussion, but so that I don't derail other thread in which it was brought up.
God has the power to do anything. However, as the omnibeneficent Pantokrator (Almighty-ruler) He does not choose to do everything that He has the power to do. That He has the power to do something and chooses not to do it in no way negates His omnipotence.
For example (condescending to our level for sake of example), a police officer has the power to write us a speeding ticket after he has pulled us over for speeding. That he chooses not to exercise this power in a particular case in no way negates that he has this power.
In a similar fashion, one could say that God's forgiveness of sins is a free gift, something He's not obliged to do; in theory He would be able not to forgive us when we truly repent. In practice however we find the Power of God being used in a manner that balances His Perfect Wisdom and Mercy. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Nor should we imagine that God could lie. Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
These limits on God are self-imposed. Is that not a wonderful thing?
Perhaps there's hope for us if we try to imitate Him, learning how to abstain out of wisdom or love from some things we could do.
Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.