“Yon Ch’uan Three Zone Defense training brings out in young people the qualities of humility, honesty, confidence, courage, strength and truthfulness.” Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts Black Belt Study Guide With Scriptures
We continue our series about Christian character in martial arts with one of the most basic benefits of studying martial arts – strength.
It is a benefit of both training in martial arts and developing character as a Christian.
Be Strong in the Lord
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
We saw the importance of courage in our last character study. Let’s now look at the importance of strength – physical, mental and spiritual.
Some people believe the most important type of strength in martial arts is physical strength.
Other people believe mental strength is the most important type of strength in martial arts.
As someone who has been involved in martial arts training for almost 60 years, I believe the most important strength we can have is spiritual. Spiritual strength is eternal. Because of spiritual strength that comes from being a disciple of Jesus Christ, we will also gain eternal physical and mental strength –
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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