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The Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Unconditional Love and Nonviolence as that demonstrated by Mahatma Gandhi and their Teacher, Jesus Christ)

As a man in the modern day Nonviolence Movement, we observe the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He admits that he learned his philosophy from his preceptor, Mahatma Gandhi; who both admit took the teachings of Jesus Christ as their code of conduct. Nonviolence…..unconditional love are all universal messages that withstand the sands of time, yet still so hard for our human nature to yield to.

 

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Hearts that are pleasing to God…..

“Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Though many of us will find comfort in this thought, what does it truly mean?  I actually sat and meditated on this thought.  It is repeatedly stated through out the Bible. So what does this mean? Some may interpret this as, “There is no need to change, because God sees my intention.”  Well this is only true, to a certain extent, at least to me.  We should constantly be in tune of what God expects of us.  That is what Jesus taught us through His Life, and even Death on the Cross.  We should always come to Him first, as to what His Will for our lives are.  There is no use in fighting it, because it is what is ultimately done.

However, when it comes the conditions of the heart, to which only God sees, this requires a constant refining, to what God expects of us.  A heart grounded in God’s Unconditional Love, will always feel when it is not doing something that is in line with God’s Laws.  A heart that is in constant communion with God and His Ways, will always follow whereever God takes them.  This will be a heart pleasing to God.  The intentions of the heart will always want to love others, more than themself.  It does not stand for anything of the SELF.  Is that not Jesus demonstrated with His Own Life?  He died on the Cross, for the sake of unshackling ALL OF MANKIND from evil.

A hear that is pleasing to God is a heart that yearns to do God’s Work, to seek how to Love, as Jesus did.  Love unconditionally.  To love in ways that do not violate God’s Divine Laws of Love.  A heart that feels the moment that it does so, to want to fix it, and make it right in front of God.  A heart that is not afraid to love.  A heart that is not afraid to go against the earthly ways that are not in accordance to God’s Divine Laws of Love.  This kind of heart is confident in its stand, because it always honors God.  The same kind of fearlessness that Jesus displayed at the Cross.  The same kind of fearlessness that Jesus demonstrated by preaching God’s Words to everyone that He encountered.

So a heart that is pleasing in God’s Eyes, requires to battle the things of this world.  It needs to constantly be tested, to break away from the ways of this world.  It needs to be refined, and polished, just as a diamond in the rough is, to become polished and shining in God’s Eyes.

It is not an easy path, but a path that must be taken.

“An Eye for an Eye, Makes the Whole World Blind.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

I would like to thank a special friend of mine that inspired this Blog entry………

 

Many times, Mahatma Gandhi has made reference to Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.  The title of this entry, is no different, in that regard.  Anyone that has taken Jesus Christ’s words to heart, have all been inspired to lead a life that is free of nonviolence, and wrath.  But a way filled with pure love.  In fact, Jesus did proclaim that the Old Testament‘s Law of “Eye for an Eye” to be replaced with “Turn the Other Cheek“.  It states it right there, in the Sermon on the Mount.  To understand this is one thing; but to LIVE it is what makes you stand out from the rest, in God‘s Eyes.  And that is what people like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi; Mother Theresa (just to name a few) did, with their lives.  The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible; and a great synopsis of what God expects of us.

What Jesus meant by this is that no matter how much we are wronged in the earthly sense, we have no right to harm any of God’s Creations.  Wrath, is one of the 7 deadly sins.  Wrath is not up to us, but up to God, in the end.  In fact, we should not also, anticipate for those that wrong us, to get “punished by God”…because that is, in a form, an “eye for an eye”.  We were all created to LOVE.  Even as Jesus died on the Cross, convicted of a crime He did not commit, He died in Love for all of Mankind…for those who loved Him, for those that hated Him….for those that did not know Him…and those that served Him everyday.  The cycle had to end somewhere…and God asked us, through the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, to end the cycle of “eye for an eye”.

We live our lives, holding ourselves accountable to God.  Not awaiting the consequences of this earth, when we have not followed God’s Ways.  God states, in the end of it all, we all stand before Jesus, on the Day of Judgement, and He will pass judgement on us, based on us holding ourselves accountable for our own actions; by the intent of our hearts, which will be reflected within the purity of our souls.  Only God can see such things….no man on this earth can forsee this of themselves. We must remember this.  When we live our lives, holding ourselves accountable for ourselves, that is when we remove the log from our own eye, to see what is present in the world around us.  By overcoming our own sins, can we only help others see theirs and through our testimony in overcoming, helping them to overcome theirs.

 

Famous sayings of Mahatma Gandhi

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“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

 

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

 

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

 

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.”

 

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

 

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

 

Patience means self-suffering.”

 

“The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children”