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The Governance of Love

But I say to you who hear,

love your enemies,

do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you,

pray for those who mistreat you.​ . Luke 6:27-28

How do you love others?

  1. Examine yourself

  2. Discover the good in others

  3. When you can defeat your opponent, don’t

Why do you love others?

  • Because enmity intensifies the existence of evil

  • Because enmity distorts the one who detests others

  • Because love has redemptive power

Ways to address Injustice (the options)

  • Rise up with violence (NO)

  • Surrender to it (Not wise, not opposing gives assent)

  • Nonviolent resistance (OK, if non-violent in word and deed) Non-cooperation with injustice is a moral obligation

Footnote:

Excerpts from the Sermon “Loving Your Enemies” Nov. 17, 1957

by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama

An Opportunity to Learn LISTEN

The Law of Love

Luke 6:27-28 “ But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Luke 10:27-29 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your

heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with

all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him,

“You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

My Sins

The Sin of Self-Justification

Luke 10:29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus,

“And who is my neighbor?”

The Sin of Disregard and Inaction

Luke 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of

mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard

justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should

have done without neglecting the others.”

Whose Life Matters?

To Him? To You?