The Only Weapon

Dear Lovers of Nonviolence,

In 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King studied Gandhi’s techniques of nonviolence in India . “The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and stirs his (her) conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.”   ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is not just nations that impose force upon others to create change. We as individuals, when we feel wronged have impulses that can potentially rise up and desire to forcibly defeat the opponent who attacked us. The truth is that love is the only weapon that can bring lasting transformation to a heart. Gandhi and Dr. King knew this in 1959 and Christ knew it when he walked the earth before them.

Who has harmed you or a loved one in an unjust way? How is God calling you to respond to them in love with nonviolence?  May the transformation only Christ can bring through love offer us peace this day and always.

Prayers: That the ministry Dr. King may continue to take root and bring fruit.  For Ron Mitchell as he prepares to preach this weekend. Give prayerful consideration to your  participation in the Marade this Monday the 21st, see the GGCC website for details.  Federal workers impacted by the partial government shut down. The patience to love and respond with nonviolence. All who mourn the death of Terry Hopkins.

Let us all faithfully and courageously seek to travel the path from the mountain top to the promised land.  

That we may be “Free at last,"  indeed free at last.  

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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