Will power is a virtue of spirit that signifies our endurance in resisting all evil deeds. With that characteristic, will power gives us strength to cope with these wicked actions. Obstinacy, on the other hand, is a vice of our soul that causes us to succumb to temptations. Please note that the soul initially is comprised of nineteen vices, which are susceptible to all kinds of temptations. In other words, in that stage, one’s will power is highly weak, and Satan impacts each vice of our soul’s heart. Unless the soul is purified and sanctified by heavenly lights descending upon us, Satan keeps sending his dark commands to our mind as opposed to the spirit’s divinely signals. Therefore, our will power continues to be weak. That is to say, unless one converts all these vices into merits by the help of God, he/she cannot prevent him/herself from being a servant to Satan nor can find peace and serenity in this world.
In summary, God provides mankind with a shield to protect us from Satan's deception by submitting our three bodies (spirit, soul and physical body) through purification and sanctification. Put it simply, soul purification entails the launching of our spiritual journey to God, which is the only way to surrender our spirit to Him before death. Further, in each step of soul’s purification, our spirit ascends one level in his journey to Allah. That is to say, the spirit returns to God when the amount of virtues surpasses the amount of vices in the soul’s heart.
Only after the submissions of our three bodies have been fulfilled, does our will power take control and deliver us from evil. In that stage, one starts remembering God continuously and devotes him/herself to others’ happiness for the sake of God.
The followings are the verses from the Holy Books with respect to will power:
Matthew 5: 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (for they shall submit their free wills to God.
Luke 6: 27- 33 But I say to you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give o everyone wo asks of you and from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Luke 6: 35 But love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return and your reward will be great and you will be beloved of Highest. For he is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your God also is merciful.
Matthew 22: 39 And the second is like it “ you shall love your neighbor as yourself.