Real Strength

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“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dictionary.com defines “strength” as: the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor. But is that all real strength is? No, because real strength is not found in muscle alone but in a faithful heart, a gentle spirit, and a determined head.

Throughout history we see profile after profile of people who were great not necessarily because of their physical strength but because they used their strength in a great way to uplift others, free the oppressed, and fight for justice.

Never mistake being kind as a weakness. It is not! Sincere gentleness requires real strength. Think about the actions of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., or Nelson Mandela – they fought hate with love, injustice with nonviolence, and made the world a better place. Would we call them weak people? No. Think about the strength it took for Anne Frank, Corrie ten Boom, Elie Wiesel and countless others to hang on to hope when it seemed hope had fled and to forgive those who had hurt them so much. Would we call them weak people? No. And then think about Jesus the Christ who was “pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins…beaten so we could be whole, whipped so we could be healed.” Yet, He is “gentle and humble in heart.” Certainly, we would not call that weak.

It takes real strength to handle others with a soft touch and to speak truth with love. Strength, when used right, doesn’t boast or hurt. It is powerful, it heals, and channels peace.

Choose gentleness. Strength stands beside it.

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