43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly.
Matthew 5:43-44 (ERV)
Today is Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some facts about him: he was born in 1928, he graduated high school early and started college when he was 15, his dad was a preacher which inspired him to become one also–he is named after his dad who was named after Martin Luther who started the Christian Reformation movement, and he is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
One thing that MLK preached on was loving people–even those people who don’t love you, the people who really hard to love. His answer to loving others was recorded, and he reminds us that real love, God’s love is to love people because God loves them. We don’t love people because we want to, or because they are nice to us. God loves them, so we love them. He said:
That is the meaning of love…it is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise up to that level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems.
Martin Luther King Jr, from his sermon Loving Your Enemies
Dear Father in Heaven, I fail at loving people, forgive me. Give me a loving heart, help me to learn to love like you–all of your children. Amen.