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Remembering the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

As we think about division, we can be certain of one thing: division is nothing new. Since the fall of man (detailed in chapter three in the book of Genesis), the enemy has been fostering division among humanity, planting seeds of shame, selfishness, and doubt. Given that each person's unique experiences influence his thought process and perspective, when people interact with one another, difference of opinions and feelings can come to light, potentially causing discord. For example, since I frequently feel cold and my husband tends to run warm, we could reach a point of contention over whether we should open our windows on a mildly cool day. Do you see how easily people can become divided, even within their own homes?

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a person who sought unity. He reminded people that regardless of our culture, our status, our wealth, or our race, we are all created in God's image (Genesis 1:27) and we are all one under God (Galatians 3:28). As we study Martin Luther Kings Jr.'s work, we are reminded that God’s word can guide us through a path of division to unity.

The path to unity is no secret and it is brought through a powerful action: love. Martin Luther King Jr.'s profound words remind us that, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”

As we study the Bible, we are often reminded how important and powerful love can be.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12–14

On national holidays, I enjoy taking time with my children to understand their significance. Take a moment today to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission to promote unity and love among people. Ask your child what love and unity means to him. Talk about ways he can show the virtues of love to those around him. Have your child practice his handwriting skills by copying a related Bible verse. Ask your child how he can fulfill the biblical mandate to “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37-40, Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:10, 1 Peter 4:8). Above all, teach your child how God’s word is a solid foundation on which he can build.

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