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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

6- The power of the nerves


Another kind of power is the power of the nerves.

A person with weak nerves becomes enraged and agitated over any small word. He loses his temper and self-control, his behaviour and words are offensive and he is an object of criticism by others because his nerves cannot bear the situation, though he may be powerful in other aspects.

Nerves in fact pertain to the body, but psychological factors have an influence, because a person who is subject to the sin of anger has his nerves quickly inflamed.

A person who is subject to self-love and dignity is sensitive to any word and thinks it has hurt his dignity and troubled his nerves because his nerves cannot endure. Image: Angry husband and wife, marital problems صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: زوجان غاضبان، مشاكل زوجية Image: Angry husband and wife, marital problems

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: زوجان غاضبان، مشاكل زوجية

Nerves are his point of weakness.

Therefore the apostle says, "We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak" (Rom. 15:1). A person who attacks others is a weak person, while he who endures is strong, like a steady mountain that is not aroused by the offenses of others. Such a mountain remains fixed, not shaken regardless of the situation.

But a person who rages and tries to offend others is vanquished by himself not by others. A simple word might trouble him, make him lose his temper and destroy his nerves.

While the powerful has strong nerves and strong forbearance.

So, he who endures is powerful, and he who hurts others is weak.

Examine yourself to find out your weaknesses and do your best to overcome them.

The powerful is not the person who overcomes others, but he who can overcome himself, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. Many think themselves triumphant and powerful while they are weak and defeated within.

The powerful does not only bear the offenses but also bears occurrences and problems.

He bears the hardships which may worry others, and endures illnesses, afflictions and other hardships.

The Lord Christ was powerful in His forbearance, in bearing defiance while on the cross when they said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross" (Matt. 27:40). So we say to Him in the Divine Mass, "You have borne the oppression of the wicked".

Aggression is easy. Any person with a weak personality or weak character can attack others, but the powerful endures.

In marital life, if the couple are weak and cannot bear each other, they may destroy their home! But if one of them at least is powerful, he can bear with the other and so peace prevails between them.

A weak person may break down when hearing certain news. His nerves, his mind and his life are affected. His health cannot endure, his blood pressure rises, his heart fails and he may even collapse. He has no power to bear the news!! Another point is :