Commentary

February 28, 2014

Chaplain thoughts

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What does it take to change the heart of a person? What does it take to transform a prejudicial society into one that believes in equal rights? The quote above is from a 1957 sermon delivered in Montgomery, Ala., entitled “Loving Your Enemies.” Dr. King not only preached these types of sermons but lived them. He not only changed the hearts of men, but in doing so, changed society as well. The Bible teaches us to pray for our enemies – the assumption being that we do and will have enemies in this life. The enemy does not have to be a warring nation but could be someone who has truly wronged you in the past. Forgiveness and love can change the heart of a person – grant forgiveness and show love, and let the life of your adversaries be transformed – and maybe your life as well.

Blessings from Above …




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