WATCH: Dr. Bernice King, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Shares the Lessons She Learned of Forgiveness, Selflessness, and Mercy from Her Father’s Life in Conversation With YouVersion

AUSTIN, TX – APRIL 9: Bernice A. King, CEO of the King Center, introduces the panel, Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line, on the second day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit is marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation, with U.S. President Barack Obama making the keynote speech on April 10. (Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, “The greatest among you will be your servant,” and this is the Scripture Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up hearing most.

In a sit-down chat with YouVersion, the international orator and speaker said, “My mother invoked that [Scripture] quite often as an example of who my father was. It was always about thinking outside of yourself.”

The youngest daughter of the civil rights leader was just five years old when her father was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Since that time, she has been undergoing her own evolution and striving to live her faith out loud, and be an example to others.

“People would rather see a sermon than hear a sermon. We have to be the word,” said Bernice, meaning, we must live out our faith, and show forth the nature of Christ to the world—even though the world can be cruel, cold, and heartless.

The CEO of The King Center, who saw both her father and mother suffer greatly, admires how they lived sacrificially and quickly forgave those that did them wrong. She told YouVersion of Mrs. King, that she was able to “transcend the pain and still lend a hand and a heart to those individuals [that wronged her].”

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine, Michelle Mayes