Have you read any of the direct works of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Our pastor challenged us yesterday morning to do that this week. I pass his challenge along to you.
Dr. King’s words are as powerful in our decade as they were in the 1960s. Circumstances have improved in many areas regarding racial equality, but we haven’t yet arrived.
Sad to say, my first full-length reading of Dr. King’s words was only five years ago. One of my favorites is a collection of his sermons in Strength to Love.
Below are a few of my favorite quotes from that book.
You can find many of his works both online and in print. Further the cause of equality and love in our country by reading some of these inspired words.
And then use what you read by loving those around you.
- Whoever they are.
- Whatever they look like.
- Whatever they believe.
We’re all children of God.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Only in this way shall we live without the fatigue of bitterness and the drain of resentment.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
And if you need to hear Dr. King’s voice again, listen here.
[If you can’t see the video, watch here]
Quotes from Strength to Love
“We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.”
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“It should now be apparent that sincerity and conscientiousness in themselves are not enough. History has proven that these noble virtues may degenerate into tragic vices. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
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“Our most fruitful course is to stand firm with courageous determination, move forward nonviolently amid obstacles and setbacks, accept disappointments, and cling to hope.”
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“Courage, therefore, is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Unlike anxiety, fear has a definite object which may be faced, analyzed, attacked, and, if need be, endured.”
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“We say that war is a consequence of hate, but close scrutiny reveals this sequence: first fear, then hate, then war, and finally deeper hatred.”
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“Is there a cure for these annoying fears that pervert our personal lives? Yes, a deep and abiding commitment to the way of love.”
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“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”
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revised from the archives
- What If You Have to Go Backward to Go Forward?
- Connect Your Dots – A New Bible Memory Challenge, #Write28Days, and Hope