Driving Out Darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Hate multiplied hate adding deeper darkness, violence Multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness and leads to adescending spiral of destruction.

When Jesus says “love your enemies,“ he is setting forth a profound ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil-hate begetting hate wars producing wars must be broken or we will plunge into the dark abyss of annihilation.

The idea of love, true Agape love )love that knows no boundaries and is selfless and unconditional). You might be thinking, “Okay great advice, I see quoteslike that all the time on social media.” But the context And atmosphere in which the entire thing is what makes it so unique.

We’ve all heard love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But Matthew 5:43-44 tells us love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

It would have been easy for Dr. King to adopt hate and preach war, but he followed the example set by Jesus, to love your neighbor, no matter who they are and what they do. Hate breeds hate but like it says in Proverbs 25:21-22:

If you see your enemy hungry, go buy them lunch; if he’s thirsty bring him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him into goodness, and God will look after you.

Proverbs 25:21-22 (MSG)

Light overcomes darkness – every time, and love drives away hate – every time.

In our own lives, we often want to meet anger with anger, instead of reacting in a negative way, what is a proactive step we can take to meet anger with love and kindness and gentleness. If you’re a Republican, how can you love a democrat? How can you love someone with a different ethnic background? How can you love that person at work who is always getting on your nerves? How can you love that neighbor or that negative relative who you can’t seem to see eye to eye with?

We’re going to have differences with each other, we weren’t made to be the theme (which is a wonderful thing!), but we have a unique opportunity through Christ to love anyway.

When we have darkness inside of us we cannot help but spread darkness. When we have a like inside of us we can spread light.

Next time you meet with someone who don’t have the same views as you try spreading the light instead of darkness. And you will see the difference.

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