The greatest example of strength that I have scene in my life time came from the voice of a heartbroken lady with a heavy Gullah accent. Gullah is a language from where we call the low country. It is also called Sea Island Creole English and Geechee by some. The language roots are planted on the coast of South Carolina, Georgia upper Florida. But, it was Charleston, South Carolina that this happened. The lady (Nadine Collier) could not conceal the pain in her heart as she spoke. It had not even been a full week yet after her mother and eight other church members where shot and killed during bible study but she stood in court and forgave the killer. That is real strength. The world heard her and was moved. Following her statement I remember everybody walking around with a look of shame thinking what would we do in the same situation?
Everyone tried to do better.
We move on...just like we did after the 9-11 emotional unity shift. Our unity only seems to last for as long as our memory last. Where is the Gullah voice now? Oh... it's still there. It's just being drowned by darkness. Darkness is not a good place to live. Light and Darkness cannot share the same space. It is physically and mentally impossible to do.
The voice of Nadine was strong because it was really the word of God speaking through her.
(For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15)
It is not strength if our Christianity is displayed when everything is going well. The True sign of strength comes when Christianity doesn't look just like the world when things go bad.
Walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of sinful nature.