True Love and True Family
Sun Myung Moon
October 14, 2007
A Providential View of the Pacific Rim Era in Light of God’s Will — The United States and the Future Direction of the United Nations and the World
Peace Messages (Pyunghwa Hoongyeong)
Then what kind of love is true love? And what kind of family is a true family? Ladies and gentlemen! God’s absolute true love does not instill a desire to have one’s partner exist for one’s own sake. Rather, true love’s essence is giving, living for the sake of others and for the sake of the whole. True love gives, forgets that it has given, and continues to give without ceasing. True love gives joyfully.
We find it in the joyful and loving heart of a mother who cradles her baby in her arms and nurses it at her breast. True love is sacrificial love, such as that of a devoted son who finds his greatest satisfaction through dedicating himself with all of his body and mind to helping his parents.
When we are bound together in true love, we can be together forever, continually increasing in the joy of each other’s company. The attraction of true love brings all things in the universe to our feet; even God will come to dwell with us. Nothing can compare to the value of true love. It has the power to dissolve the barriers fallen people have created, including national boundaries and the barriers of race and even religion.
The main attributes of true love are that it is absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal, so that whoever practices God’s true love will live with God, share His happiness, and enjoy the right to participate as an equal in His work. Therefore, a life lived for the sake of others, a life of true love, is the absolute precondition for entering the kingdom of heaven. This is the new way of life in a family where people live peacefully centering on God. It is the ideal model of peace for all creation.
The path is now wide open for humanity to establish true families. The family establishes the pattern for people to live for the sake of others. The warm environment of oneness based on love and respect between parents and children, mutual fidelity and love between husband and wife, and trust and mutual reliance among siblings is the manifestation of the model, ideal family.
This means that you need to establish a true family wherein the stem of true love emerges from the root of true love and bears the fruit of true love. In this manner, the three generations of grandparents, parents, and children should live together as one family and serve the eternal God. God desires to see such families, and it is your responsibility as tribal messiahs and Ambassadors for Peace to seek after and establish them — families of the kingdom of God.
You should form families that God will miss and yearn to return to after He has been away. You should raise families to which He can come freely as a parent visiting His children. This is what it means to live in service to God.
In such a family, God is the subject partner of your conscience, acting vertically. Following God as your vertical subject partner, your mind stands in the position of the vertical subject partner of your body, bringing your mind and body into unity. That is where parental love, conjugal love, children’s love, and siblings’ love — in short, the four realms of love or the four realms of heart — are perfected.
Only in such a family can the upper and lower, front and behind, left and right be connected as one and spherical motion ensue. This leads to God’s everlasting, model ideal families and nations, and His peace kingdom. If only the entire world were filled with such true families! It would be an orderly world where people govern themselves by the heavenly way and heavenly laws, with no need for lawyers, prosecutors or even judges.