Love Your Enemies

Martin Luther King, Jr. Artwork (and Essay) by Vaughan, 2015, 3rd Grade

Martin Luther King, Jr. Artwork by VM, 2015, 3rd Grade

Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.

–Martin Luther King, Jr., “Love Your Enemies,” Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, November 17, 1957

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  1. Laurie Heyden

     /  January 19, 2015

    This quote is wonderful. Most times we don’t understand why someone treats us badly – more than likely it’s because they don’t know any better. They are portraying their self and their problem onto you. That’s why love is the only way. This is tough to remember sometimes…Thank you for sharing a beautiful reminder.

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    • Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Laurie. I agree. Even though it is almost instinctive to retaliate against our “enemies,” it is so much easier (and it requires less energy) to love them. I think it’s only hard because we’re wired to defend ourselves “tooth and claw.”

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  2. Dorothy Patterson

     /  January 19, 2015

    What a cute post (the artwork), and the other part is so true Is V2 in third grade????? What?????

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