He who has true authority needs no sword. Nor is true authority found in the sword.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
The sword is only used by those who have lost their grip on authority.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
True authority is seen in the power to empower.