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Love has within it a transforming power. Remembering Martin Luther King

April 4 2018

United States

"There is something about love that builds up, that creates. There is something in hatred that makes you weep and destroys"

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On the 4th April afternoon 50 years ago in Memphis, a shotgun put the life of the 39 years old baptism reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to an end. Nevertheless, his dream of love and justice for all mankind is still alive thanks to his words.

"Now there is a final reason that I think Jesus says love your enemy. It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power and there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says love your enemies, because if you hate your enemies you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies, but if you love your enemies you will discover that at the very root of love is a power of redemption. You just keep loving people, even though they’re mistreating you. Just keep being friendly, keep loving, don’t do anything to embarrass them and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways, they react with bitterness because they’re mad that you love them like that. But just keep loving and by the power of your love they will break down until the power of your love. That’s power; it is redemptive and this is why Jesus said love, because there is something about love that builds up, that creates. There is something in hatred that makes you weep and destroys. Therefore, love your enemies."

Martin Luther King jr., Sermon in the Church of Montgomery AL, 17th November 1957