Hi everyone! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This is truly a day to celebrate. This amazing man knew God and He knew Jesus’s heart better than many people ever will. I think we can all follow his example to becoming more like Jesus and learn how to spread the love of Jesus throughout our broken world. That is the ultimate goal right?
Marin Luther King Jr. fought for equality in a time of hate, pain and discrimination. Unlike many during that time, he fought with one weapon, that weapon was love. Like Jesus, MLK had hate thrown at him from every angle, yet he still fought with love. He wanted the world to be peaceful. He didn’t create grudges against the people who persecuted him, he just wanted them to feel the love that could be possible if there were no more discrimination and hate. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -Martin Luther King Jr. MLK truly put the verses of the bible into action. Our immediate response to people insulting us is, usually, to insult back, to “get back at them”, to hold a grudge or gossip against them. Yet, MLK took Mathew 5:44 and lived it out loud. Could you imagine what the world would be like today if we all took this verse seriously? “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Mathew 5:44).
What we have to understand here is that it is not like MLK was immune to human nature. I am sure that he had to fight the urges to hate, he had to fight the urges to retaliate and get even. This man resisted the devils calling and realized that God has everything under control. He trusted that his calling through love could do so much greater than his calling from hate. He gave his hate and his pain to God; and God took that hate and turned it into some of the greatest moments for equality in history. Hate is extremely unproductive compared to love. Why is that? Because love covers sins. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8).
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” -MLK. Martin Luther King Jr. had the wisdom to see what many of us still cannot see. He had the wisdom to see that a motivation fueled by love can do much more than motivation fueled by hatred and fear. Hatred and fear come from the devil; while love comes from God, God himself is love. Because God has already conquered the devil, hatred and fear flee and cower in the presence of love. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2).
I truly believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was able to accomplish so much, and spread this message of love because he knew that this was his temporary home. He knew that society’s views of him meant absolutely nothing compared to how God viewed him. He knew that eternal treasures and Heaven itself would cover the pain that he had to endure on this earth. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right. Especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Today I challenge you to take a look at your own life, are you motivated by love? Are you standing up for what you believe in or are you letting society’s views get in the way? Let go of the hate in your heart and give it to God. Start being who you were made to be and make an impact on this earth. Leave a legacy of love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
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