It seems almost every American has heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech—the speech that has come to represent the mission of the civil rights movement.
His other recorded works, though not as famous, are just as powerful.
Read Dr. King’s stirring thoughts on the way of love in the below excerpt—from day two of 30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King, Jr., available from Faithlife Ebooks.
The Way of Love
Envy, jealousy, a lack of self-confidence, a feeling of insecurity, and a haunting sense of inferiority are all rooted in fear. We do not envy people and then fear them; first we fear them and subsequently we become jealous of them. Is there a cure for these annoying fears that pervert our personal lives? Yes, a deep and abiding commitment to the way of love. “Perfect love casteth out fear.”
Consider this: Perfect love means being patient with others and recognizing that we all are works in progress. It means striving to be kind and respectful to every person we encounter.
Fear is a pervasive force in our lives and social world. Fear drives us to be envious, jealous, insecure, hateful, spiteful, and apathetic. It is the root cause of many human conflicts. The way of fear influences us to live beneath ourselves, stifles God’s vision for our lives and our world, and causes us to become bitter. To overcome our toxic fears, we need perfect love. Perfect love does not equate to being perfect individuals. It simply means committing to a new rule in life or a radical lifestyle change: the way of love.
Consider this: Perfect love means being patient with others and recognizing that we all are works in progress. It means striving to be kind and respectful to every person we encounter. It means recognizing the tremendous value of every person and seeing them as an end rather than as a means to an end.
This post is excerpted from 30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jonathan Chisom.
The title of this post is the addition of the editor. The author’s views do not necessarily represent those of Faithlife.