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

9- The Will power

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كرة تسقط

One of the aspects of power in a person is their will power or resolution. When such a person wills anything, he can carry it out. When he takes an exercise for example, he begins and is capable of going on and completing it. On the other hand a weak person may have the will but not the capability. He may begin but does not continue.

Among the aspects of will power is self-control.

A powerful person can control himself whether at the time of anger or against the wish to revenge, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. He can also control himself against any lust or any sin fighting him. A powerful person can restrain his tongue, his senses and his thoughts. Suppose such a powerful person has diabetes, he will be able to restrain himself from forbidden foods.

Here I want to say: If a person cannot restrain himself from food in cases of disease or fasting, how would he be able to control himself against any lust or any sin?

Some persons are weak before certain allurements.

These allurements might be position, money or lust. Before such things he cannot endure, he is overcome by his weakness or his lust and falls or deserts his faith!

Others might become weak before vain glory, or before words of praise and extolling. Martyrs and confessors, on the other hand, were very powerful before all allurements.


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