Troubled times can lead to fear, confusion, despair, alienation from God (self-imposed) and violence when they are not met face to face by Jesus. When clinging and looking to Jesus, one can see hope, resources, direction, a drawing nearer to Him, and peace. I have gathered a few quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that are pertinent to our times- I pray they will help direct you towards peace and hope. He possessed it and lived it during his lifetime and now is in eternity with His Lord and Savior.
When we see injustice, we need to speak out.
Jesus teaches us to love one another. Unbelievers will know we are Christians because of the love for one another.
We cannot hide our heads in the sand and say – OH, racism will get better on its own- no we have to stand and confront it each time it appears in our midst. We cannot ignore it like those who persecuted the Jews during WWII. Racism in any form is deadly.
As I pray for peace in our land, I am convinced that faith and love are the only answers to this problem and all its consequences. Hatred is evil and leads to more hatred. Christ spoke of love not hate and He confronted many who hated Him but never resorted to violent actions or words.
Here are a few verses to meditate upon today:
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Ephesians 4:1-2 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,”
1 John 4: 7,11-12 “7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
God is love and desires that we love one another. Let us walk in His love and purposefully show it to whoever we encounter. Be His love in this world today.