A New Dimension of Love: The Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for All People (1/20/18)

Rev. Gary shows how the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King can profoundly benefit each of our lives.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
“A New Dimension of Love: The Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for All People”

Affirmation: I claim my power and authority to forgive and to love freely.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 
—from Strength to Love, 1963

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” 
—from ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail,’ April 16, 1963

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 
—from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
—from a speech.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
—from a speech

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” 
—from Strength to Love, 1963

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 
—from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” 
—from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” 
—from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
—from “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” Speech at the First Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change, December 3, 1956