Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

Candle light in the dark

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

Light is kind of the theme of my blog, so this is a great challenge for me!

As a follower of Christ, Jesus is the light of my life.  He is the source of light that breaks through the darkness of the world.  The words below from Jesus tell how we, as Christians, should act to demonstrate this light to others.

14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

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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.

Strength to Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Strength to Love (1963) by Martin Luther King Jr.

 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”

Luke 6:27 NASB

Lord, give me the strength to love.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For further reading, check out The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.   See also Matthew 5:43-44.