Love And Hate Are Powerful Forces by Gloria Toti

Tell me this:  Is it easier to love or to hate?  Even little kids know the answer to that question.

If you are a parent today, you are probably concerned and may even lie awake on your bed staring at the ceiling and pondering what tomorrow’s world will look like for your children and grandchildren. Our nation is being divided from within and it hurts to see such evil.  

This week we celebrated MLK day.  We remembered how one man fought back with love and not hate.  I believe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a modern-day Moses sent to deliver God’s people from the oppression of slavery, and we need his message in our streets once again.  He fought with love and not violence.  

“I have a dream” were the words we find in his iconic speech delivered in August of 1963.  I didn’t know what kind of struggle existed when I took my first breath in the hospital a month later.  I see the enemy at work, and I will tell you I hate injustice.  

My heart aches at the division I see taking shape once again amongst God’s children…that are created in His image. 

Segregating ourselves into camps is not the solution. There is one enemy who seeks to destroy every last one of us and his greatest weapon is hate.  God’s greatest weapon is love.  For the next two weeks, I want to highlight how one man took his position to fight the real enemy, and he challenged others to do the same using the most effective weapon – love.  Let’s see if we can learn something.  Dr. King knew the devastation hate would bring to mankind.  I can’t imagine being present as he spoke the words of hope.  The feeing of hope for a better tomorrow must have been palpable.  

I’m going to share some of his quotes over the next two weeks, and I pray they bring hope to your heart today…no matter the color of my skin, or your skin, let’s remember that God’s message of hope does not discriminate.  

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” 

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

“Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Join me next week to hear a few more of Dr. King’s amazing words…



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