58 Do Not Boast With Power and Strength
“For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me” (Psalm 44:6).
“Wisdom is better than power, and the wise is better than the mighty” (Wisdom 6:1).
True power and genuine strength is the honor of the soul, and that it should fear no evil, and should be patient/long-suffering, for trials and tribulations. This is true strength, which no other strength equates it.
The strength of the body, God has granted to the animals, so you have no pride in that, no matter how powerful you are. But as for the strength of the soul, that is the true honor. How can you claim strength and honor when you get moved hearing a small word against you?
If you are long-suffering in trials and tribulations, you should not be troubled, and forgive the one who caused this trouble, for you are truly stronger. But if you get troubled, and lose your control, then you are weak, afraid, and have no control. No more weakness, lest your pains and desires overcome you.
Where is your strength and honor? How far will your arrogance, power, and strength carry you for your filthy desire, which overcomes you? If you are strong and powerful, then conquer the grave, and the sting of death, before the enemy can overcome you. O, you arrogant one, you are showing off your strength, but be aware that all this is vain beside the true strength of the soul and its honor at heart.
If you resist sin, you have great power. Those who subdue the body by the weapon of satisfaction, they are mighty warriors. Those who killed the evil thoughts and bad thoughts, they are victorious and conquerors who deserve to be crowned with victorious crowns.