Divine Definitions: (1) The personal exercise of the Divine free will; self-willed; (2) The all-wise choosing made manifest; self-disclosing; (3) The clearly correct interpretation of the original thought; self-determinative
Comment: The Creator respects His own decisions. God is the one Person with free will who completely understands the value of free will. Since He knows its value, He decided to gift us with free will as well. He will not stray from His own perfect decisions. He will never violate our free will. He will respect our free will even if we choose foolishly. Neither will He coerce or compel us to submit to His bidding. Instead, He has given us the opportunity to affectionately dedicate our will as a precious gift to Him. We can decide to be in harmony with His all-wise volition.
Human Definitions: (1) having the power to choose; willful; (2) forming a purpose or an opinion; decisive; self-determinative
Derivations: Medieval Latin, “I wish” (17th century: a decision or choice made after deliberation)
• The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril. — Xenophon (c. 430–354 bc) Athenian general, philosopher, & historian
• We see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind. — Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) Russian & American mystic & author