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This past Wednesday we began our Lent Wednesday worship series, “Considering the Cost.” Each week the writings of a contemporary saint and martyr of the church are being shared. To start things off, we reflected on a powerful message delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a Lenten sermon. As we listened in, we were reminded of the profound truth that love transcends all boundaries and obstacles. In his stirring sermon, Dr. King illuminated the transformative power of love, urging us to embrace Jesus’ command to love our enemies.

In a world often filled with division and hostility, it can be challenging to extend love to those who oppose us. Yet, Dr. King reminds us that love is not merely a sentiment or affectionate feeling, but a profound act of grace and courage. It is through love that we find the strength to overcome adversity and sow the seeds of reconciliation and healing.

Dr. King’s words resonate deeply with our Christian faith, reminding us of Jesus’ teachings to turn the other cheek and to pray for those who persecute us. When faced with injustice and oppression, we are called to respond with love, not retaliation; with forgiveness, not bitterness.

What might it look like if we embody the radical love exemplified by Christ, even in the face of adversity? Could we love our enemies, not with a superficial affection, but with a genuine desire for their redemption and reconciliation? If so, I believe we would bear witness to the transformative power of love, ushering in a new era of peace and justice for all.

May God’s peace come to you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of love, grant us the courage to love our enemies as Jesus did, transforming hearts and bringing reconciliation to a world divided in too many ways. Amen.