More about Strength to Love

I decided to revisit Monday’s post and put the quote from MLK Jr. in context.   It comes from the passage below from the book Strength to Love, which is a compilation of many of Dr. King’s famous sermons.  Besides, Dr. King says it much better than I could anyway.

Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why:  Why should we love our enemies?  The first reason is fairly obvious.  Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.  Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.  So when Jesus says, “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love.  New York:  Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. pp. 52-53.

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