LISTEN: Principles of Non-Violence, Part 5 (The Man in the Mirror #26 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Today, we are going to look at the fourth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles of nonviolence. As we have seen, these principles are not just guidelines for protest, but they also apply to how we live our lives in general and how we approach the various conflicts that we face with others. So far we have looked at the following principles.

1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.

The fourth principle is as follows: Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
– Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its acts.
– Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
– Nonviolence accepts violence if necessary, but will never inflict it.
– Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
– Suffering can have the power to convert the enemy when reason fails.

Today, we are going to continue looking at the fourth principle of nonviolence picking up with the statement, “Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.”

The Bible speaks of the benefits of suffering for righteousness’ sake in First Peter 3:13-14: “Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.”

Now, most of us do not like any kind of pain, suffering, or discomfort — and certainly not any kind of pain the comes about because we are actually doing the right thing. However, as we read through Scripture, we find the suffering is a normal part of life in a world affected by sin. And it will often seem unfair when people seemingly go through difficulties that they do not deserve or difficulties that come about because they were actually trying to do the right thing.

All suffering is not bad, however. Have you ever heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain”? Many good things have come about because people were willing to suffer through bad situations. Dr. King’s principle reminds us of this truth. Black people in America are where they are today because hundreds and thousands of others were willing to suffer, to be treated unfairly, and to die, if necessary, even though they were doing the right thing.

The transformational and educational effects of unearned suffering are borne out through a person gaining a stronger character and a stronger resolve that is tested and tempered in the fires of pain and difficulty.

Additionally, the opposition will be affected when they see how the sufferer endures his suffering. What Jesus Christ died on the cross, the Gospels tell us that a remarkable thing happened to the Roman soldier in charge of the crucifixion. Mark 15:39 records, “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!'” This man was affected, not by Jesus’ teaching or Jesus’ miracles, but by Jesus’ suffering.

Often, people will not remember you for how you react when things are going well, but for how you react when it seems as though the world has turned against you. That is why we must be committed to acting in a Christ-like manner at all times — during the good times and the bad. We should be ready to demonstrate love, non-violence, graciousness, and respect to both or friends and our enemies. It is only through this kind of outlook on life that we can hope to win and influence those whom we may see as our enemies to our side.

If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will look at Dr. King’s fifth principle of nonviolence in our next episode.

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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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