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MLK Day

Though Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial quality has by no means come to full fruition, it is a widely accepted idea across the world. However, his value of human life and his call for nonviolence in the name of Jesus is often forgotten. With that said, I’ve listed some quotes from MLK that I believe align with Jesus’ gospel of peace.

“I’m committed to nonviolence absolutely. I’m just not going to kill anybody, whether it’s in Vietnam or here.” Jesus choosing calvary love and hanging on a cross rather than call upon Heaven to fight an earthly battle.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” Those who live by the sword die by the sword, Matthew 26.

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and enables the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” In the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter strikes the servant of the high priest with his sword, Jesus rebukes Peter and  touches the man’s ear to heals him.

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Jesus as the Prince of Peace.

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.’”

 

 

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