Filial Attendance: The Way of Filial Piety of Holy Sons and Daughters of God - Elio Roman

Chapter 19 - Attendance: Live for the Sake of God

Chapter Summary and Introduction

Filial attendance is to live one's life for the sake of God. The core of God's being is Heart or Shim Jung. From Heart emanates the impulse to seek joy through love. Love is expressed as living for the sake of others. The emotional impulse to love seeks to live for the sake of others. To live for the sake of others is to live a life of service and sacrifice. God as the Original Subject Partner, the Parent of creation, is the Origin and Initiator of true love. The impulse in God's heart is to live completely for the sake of His children. Sons and daughters of filial piety reciprocate and return the love God has given them by completely living for the sake of God. To live for the sake of God is to live a life of filial attendance to the Father. How much we attend our Heavenly Father determines how filial we have been, how well we have lived our lives, and determines our value.

Adam and Eve should have lived completely for the sake of God, with absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience. Then they should have established a family that would have absolutely attended their Heavenly Father. They failed to establish such a relationship of love and oneness. The first task of the Messiah is to establish a relationship of filial piety by absolutely attending the Father; that is, to establish the Father and son relationship and absolutely live for the sake of the Father through the course of absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience.

The Messiah must live with greater filial attendance to the Father than Adam and Eve should have displayed. This is because due to the Fall God's grief has been so severe that in order to liberate His heart, greater filial piety must be displayed. Also when a lesser indemnity condition is failed to be fulfilled then a greater indemnity condition is necessary. The Messiah then must form a family that also displays greater filial piety than was necessary for Adam and Eve to exhibit. Jesus and True Parents have established the Father and son (Parent and child) relationship by completely living their lives in attendance to God. They have been true representatives of children of filial piety and as divine sons and daughter of God they have established the tradition of vertical attendance to the Father.

It is by attending True Parents with absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience that we can be restored and engrafted to the true lineage of God and by which we can come to develop and mature the heart of attendance. By observing the life of True Parents we can learn the way of filial attendance and by studying True Parents' words we can understand the life of attendance. Thus we can come to stand as divine sons and daughters of God and live a life of attendance to God as originally intended.

There is no greater purpose in life than to live a true life of filial attendance by living for the sake of God. To attend God is to live for the sake of God. Those who live for the sake of God have the qualification to become filial sons and daughters of God. This is the first blessing, "to be fruitful." Establishing mind and body unity by maintaining absolute sexual purity only sets the foundation for us to become filial sons and daughters who live their lives in attendance of God by living for the sake of God. Filial attendance by holy sons and daughters of God is to live absolutely for the sake of God.

Attending God vertically through living for His sake establishes the necessary foundation to live for the sake of others. We learn to live for the sake of others vertically and we learn to live for the sake of others horizontally. By living for the sake of God, we acquire the necessary love to live for the sake of others vertically such as in a parent and child relationship. We also acquire the necessary love to live for the sake of others horizontally as in a husband and wife relationship and as in sibling relationships.

Parents learn to live for the sake of their children and children learn to live for the sake of their parents. By living for the sake of God, a husband learns to live completely for the sake of his wife and a wife learns to completely live for the sake of her husband. Children, by observing their parents totally living for the sake of God and each other, learn vicariously to live for the sake of God, their parents and for their brothers and sisters. As such we learn to completely live our lives for the sake of our family, including grandparents and ancestors (our lineage.) This expands to living our lives for the sake of our tribe, our race, our nation, world and cosmos.

Spiritual maturity and perfection on the individual level is to live a life of filial attendance to God with absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. Such a way of life will develop one's true character and realize the Father and son relationship. Through living a life of attendance, character development and the development of one's personality reaches the first stage in the establishment of the Father and son relationship. One's character and personality continue to progressively develop by living for the sake of others across the eight horizontal stages.

Through our filial attendance we live our lives completely for the sake of God. Filial sons and daughters live for the sake of their parents and their family. Patriots live for the sake of the sovereign and for the sake of their nation. Saints live for the sake of divine principles and for all people of the world beyond their own race and nation by sacrificing, devoting and dedicating themselves to the education of divine principles and establishing heavenly traditions. Filial holy sons and daughters of God live for the sake of God and for the sake of the cosmos.

The Words of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Kingdom of Heaven is a world of love; a world that exists for the sake of God, the center. It is a world that lives entirely for God. (98-33, 1978.4.8)

People exist for God, and God exists for people. Therefore, true love begins from the point where one lives for the sake of others. From what were human beings born? They began from God's love; in other words, they were born because of love. Love is the origin. (143-309, 1986.3.21)

You must attend God and True Parents. However, because Eve fell, God and True Parents were driven out of Adam's family. You must attend God and True Parents.

God is the vertical Parent and perfected Adam and Eve are the horizontal parents. On the foundation of these two parents having become one, you achieve unity and are connected to God and to heaven. For this reason, nothing can be accomplished unless you attend God and True Parents. So, through becoming one with God and True Parents, you can create a family representing heaven and earth. That family holds a higher position than that held by Adam and Eve before the Fall. (260-189, 1994.5.8)

Fortunately, today we were given a talk on the relationship between father and son from Heavenly Father. But the question is: how much have I attended the Father? How filial have I been? (Sermons Vol. 7-45, 1959.7.12)

Because I knew that God was such a lonely and isolated being, I have gone forth knowing that my mission until the day I die was to fulfill even a portion of God's will and desire; to expand a foundation in at least one field and gather together those who can live for the sake of God. It is because I was born as God's son and because I felt myself responsible for establishing His will that I have persevered until now with love. Even though I was persecuted, and even though I was beaten, I endured all this without taking revenge. Even as I fought my way forward, staggering or crawling on my belly, I always thought about how to set up this tradition and bequeath it to the world. (82-47, 1975.12.30)

Nothing else is necessary in the other world: love God more than you love the world, your nation, your spouse and your children. That is the Principle. (126-142, 1983.4.12)

Why do you look and listen to all the things within the twenty-four hours of your day? It is for the sake of God. We have to look and listen for God and even feel for His sake. Even though we are living on earth, we have to be connected with life in the heavenly world and live that way. (35-284, 1970.10.25)

For whom do you eat when you say, "Oh, I'm hungry! Oh, I'm so hungry! Food, food, food!" You should feel that you are eating for God.

Why should you think that you are eating for God? If you have become the holy temple of God, you should think, as God's holy temple, "When I am hungry, God inside me is telling me to eat." If you eat in this way, that meal becomes sacred. The food becomes holy. (92-166, 1977.4.3)

Human beings should feel and realize how much God has loved them by becoming parents themselves and loving their children. Furthermore, they will love God even more sincerely. A person should love their aged parents more than they love their children and love God more than they love their parents, knowing that this is the order and law of love. (126-245, 1983.4.24)

When we silently sacrifice everything for the sake of God, He will protect us. God surely will be at our side. (88-231, 1976.9.20)

Had they reached perfection without falling, Adam and Eve would have perfected themselves not only individually, but also universally, and a new family centered on God's love would have begun. In this way, if the clan, tribe, people, nation, and world had been created from the family, the world would have become one great extended family attending God. (91-240, 1977.2.23)

The returning Lord must stand in the position of the True Parent of humankind and restore the true love nest by fulfilling together with his bride the position of the Parents of heaven and earth and complete God's providence for human salvation.

The Messiah must begin by forming a family that attends God more gloriously and with greater filial piety than the family that Adam and Eve would have formed had they not fallen. He is the head of the family that represents the core of the ideal for a new humanity that must begin by inheriting true life and true lineage. From there, he must go on to create Blessed Families in order to complete God's Kingdom on earth and in heaven. (CSG -- 2138)

The question is whether you feel busy for the sake of God's task. (The Way -- 240)

We must live a life of attendance. Although we have welcomed the Kingdom of Heaven of hope, we have not welcomed a Kingdom of Heaven of attendance and practice. In other words, we have not been aware in our daily lives that God is our subject partner. (6-226, 1959.5.17)

Even when he was being opposed, Jesus spoke in defense of Heaven and was concerned only about the will of the Father…Jesus came as the glorious incarnation of God. Jesus was the victorious incarnation who offered all of his heart, soul and strength for the sake of God. History had never seen such a man before… Jesus felt that God had walked the path of torment to find him, so he persevered not for himself, but for the sake of God.

Similarly, because Jesus forsook himself for thirty years of his life and persisted for the sake of God, he exceeded Satan in perseverance…Accordingly, you must reap the victory in all the battles fought for the sake of bringing to pass the will of God. (Sermons Vol. 1-56-57,59,64, 1956.5.27)

Who takes the lead? Those who live for the sake of God's Will must take the lead. If we say, "Those who live for the sake of others and for the sake of God's will take the lead," then there is no opposition. It is just simple. Those who don't understand this cannot stand. (True Child -- 119)

If you have something you consider most precious, you will want to carry it with you at all times. You will not want to be separated from it even for a moment. Then if God, the greatest treasure of them all, was in your possession, where would you like to attend Him? Is there a store room where you can store Him securely, where you can attend Him? That place is none other than your heart and mind. The human heart and mind form the store room where God can be safely attended. (41-285, 1971.2.17)

Don't you know yourself in the mirror well? You know which level of the spiritual world you are going to mostly. Do you know what I'm talking about? (Yes.) Death is coming. When you die, you'll be pulled according to how much you lived for yourself. If you are seldom selfless, you'll be pulled in this way. Even though I taught you very clearly, some fail and some go to hell. These people can't accuse me. They can't say, "Why didn't you teach me clearly while I was on the earth?"

Therefore, do not do anything for the sake of yourself but think how to live for the sake of God, heaven and earth, your nation, your tribe, your family, and your spouse. If you live for others, you'll be pulled into the perfect world even though you try to escape and try to go backward because you think it is for the sake of yourself. How peaceful it is! How easy it is!

If you live your life centered on yourself, you have to worry about everything, saying, "Oh, I failed this and I failed that." However, if you live for the sake of others for ten, twenty years, everything will be your friend. If you live for the sake of others, your heart becomes empty, so the truth will come to you. (203-101, 1990.6.17)

Filial children resolved to fulfill their duties of loyalty and filial piety with utmost devotion must appear and bear all responsibility for His anguish associated with the cross. Such sons and daughters must appear. Understand that, if we fail this, God will not be liberated. (101-255, 1978.11.1)

You were born of God and you are to die through Him so that you can live eternally with Him in the spirit world. You were born through Him and you are to be concluded through Him. To live under this principle is the way of loyalty and filial piety. You are to be evaluated in conclusion as a responsible human being when you die, who fulfilled the way of loyalty and filial piety. Life is to be lived this way. (Blessing Pt. 2 -- 269)

What is happiness? It is the feeling of orphans when they find their parents after six thousand years. What can be a greater happiness?

Religion is to help find these parents. The parents you thought were dead for eternity are now able to live. If you find you have a means to discover if your parents are alive, you will not do anything else. Will you let your properties be an obstacle to finding your parents? Even if you had to put everything aside, you would invest all your sincerity in finding your parents. Isn't it so in this world, also? Are there any children who feel happy hanging onto their land or money when their parents are dying?

If the original parents centered on the original relationship can come to life again when you thought they were dead, then to pioneer that way you need to have sincerity beyond what can be expressed in words. You have to show your loyalty in the position of feeling heartbreaking sorrow and regret for the sorrow of heaven.

With this heart, you must prepare the way for your parents to come alive again. This is the way of a child living with filial piety. This is our responsibility. Therefore, we must not concern ourselves with this-worldly things, but must pioneer this way. We must not concern ourselves with the joys of this world nor its persecution. We must be able to go even the way of death. We must have a relationship of filial piety to pioneer this way. (Blessing Pt. 1 -- 178)

Since God is the central being of heaven and earth, the more you are dominated by Him, the more you will want to be dominated by Him for thousands or even tens of thousands of years. Since the principles of attendance centering on God work in that way, no one can be happier than the one who is being dominated by God. (77-328, 1975.3.30)

You can only go to Heaven when you walk the path of filial piety for God. You have to leave the tradition of filial piety behind you. (27-307)

You should live a life of attendance. So then, why should we live a life of attendance? To receive God's love. For this reason you should serve God first. You should attend Him. (78-30, 1975.5.1)

You must make a hopeful prayer to God, "Oh, Father, I don't want to be a foolish child, to be unwise. I want to know your heart. I am here ready to sacrifice myself, so why don't you come and abide with me." For that prayer, God will be proud of you.

And you can even pray this: "Father, I will be responsible to restore this world, and I can do it, believe me. You don't have to come and help me. I don't want you to come to this world of suffering to help me. You stay there and watch me." With that kind of prayer you can console God's heart. Then how would God respond? He would tell you, "I am coming. I must come and help you. Even if you want to stop me from coming, I have to be with you. I want to be with you, right in the midst of darkness." God would say that to you. Then when you are pursuing your mission, ready to fight your way through all difficulties, you will suddenly find that God is already there before you, having prepared everything for you and paved the way ahead of you.

God is the God of love, of parental heart. In that case, if you were God, wouldn't you do the same for your children? When you live like that with God, you become the greatest of His sons, since you have moved your Parent's heart. You will have restore d God's dignity, and He will be proud of you.

I have thought and thought and finally found that this is the only way for the sons of filial piety to please God. You will be grateful that God has come to earth because of you. You will be able to make God happy, warm and proud. And you will be proud of each other and satisfied with yourselves.

I imagine all of you pray hard. Hungry or full, satisfied or dissatisfied, you are always praying hard to God. But the degree of your fervor will decide how much your prayers will be answered. In praying, too, your attitudes will differ from one another.

I am sure, when you pray to God, there are some who are confident that their prayers will be answered. But some of you think, "I want to do so much for Him, but first He has to answer my prayer." God would not want you to change the way you are praying just to suit Him. However, He would want to have you pray harder and more earnestly. When you pray, it is something like this: Suppose that God is looking in this direction, and your voice comes praying so hard and diligently. His concern will be drawn to answer your prayer. God is looking closely at every one of you, and He will find that someone without even praying is doing things in such a way that his prayer is already answered. Then God's attention will be drawn to that person.

If He has two children, and one is praying so hard even though he was not told to pray, and the other is only reluctantly praying after being told, to whom would God be drawn? I don't think there is anyone among you who does not know the answer.

Suppose there is one child who would nod to his father after being told to do something. But there is another child who on his own initiative has already found out something and would come to his father and ask whether of not what he had discovered was true. Which of the two would delight the father more? Again, one child may be aware of what is happening around his father, but another child is so anxious to become involved in his father's world that the first thing in the morning the child would think , "Is Father up? What are his plans for today? "To which would the father's heart be drawn?

There may be still another child who can't help but wake his father up because he has thoughts of some wonderful plans himself. He would knock at his father's door or just rush into his room and wake him. But the father would still love that child.

If you were in the position of the father, would you love a child who just clings to you for 24 hours without even letting you sleep? If you are loving and concerned about your father, even if you irritate him and even if you prevent him from doing anything else, he is forced to be concerned with you and love you in return. The same thing is true with God, our heavenly Father. (New Hope -- 69)

When you come to the point of being able to attend Father, at that time, what will you do? How will you convey a filial heart? You must think in what form will my attendance take? How will it appear? You could run into Father at any riverside. What kind of place will you meet him? …

Regarding humanity, loving God is the first commandment. So should you love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul or just on the surface. [With whole heart, mind, and soul.] So will you love God with your whole heart and soul or not? [We will!] Whoever promises to love God with their whole selves raise your hands. Now you must love God even if you get hit by a thunderbolt. You must love God completely. (37-25)

I know your suffering only too well. But where is the parent who will ask his child to serve him with 50% filial piety? A parent wants his child to serve with as much filial piety as possible. You must understand that since I have served God with 100% filial piety I cannot be proud before God of the child who has served with only 99%. (The Way -- 139)

Throughout my life I have had a pure motivation to live for the sake of God's will. God, who watched over and guided me at all times, has endured difficulties and suffering thousands of times greater than my own. I offer all glory to God. Furthermore, how could the achievements of the past 40 years be only my own?

I am deeply grateful to the Church members who worked so hard, and to the many who lent their support. God's will, which I began to realize, is actually the original will for all mankind. I therefore ask all of you to become my representatives, and representatives of the True Parents. Please become the inheritors of God's will and multiply the fruits of righteousness and goodness.

So let us make effort to realize quickly the original world of true heart-centered culture that God yearns to see on the earth. (Public Venue, 1994.5.1)

Among numerous sons of filial piety who live for the sake of God, there must be a top son of filial piety. It is not such a nice way of referring to such a person, but young people like the colloquial.

Obviously some sons of filial piety will be better than others. There will be some who, when hungry, will eat a meal and bring the remaining food to their parents, saying, "You must be hungry, mother and father. Please eat." They too are sons of filial piety, because some will not even do that. (Laughter.)

If you explore into the history of filial piety to find the greatest son of filial piety, who would be the one? The one who would serve his parents with blood and sweat, and who, as if that were not enough, would sell his own blood to support his parents. To bring what he can is a son of filial piety, too, but if the other appears, who supports his parents by selling his own blood, who is the greater son of filial piety? (Blessed Marriage, 1972.7.16)

A family belongs to a nation, a nation belongs to the world and the world belongs to the universe, so if you love God, you will attain the condition-that you loved everything in the universe, even though you abandoned your family and nation. That's why you are told to live for the sake of the world and God. If you can love the world and humankind as much as you love me, you can go to the Kingdom of Heaven. (Blessing Pt. 2 -- 235)

Father! Earnestly requesting that You guide us to become filial sons and daughters, women of fidelity, and men of loyalty who can live with the Father amid eternal glory with unchanging hearts, we offer this prayer in the name of the Lord. Amen (Sermons Vol. 3-45, 1957.9.22)

There are many people in this world who betray their conscience and act according to their body's desires. They hoard money, commit fraud, come up with schemes, and defame others. However, money accumulated in this way will eventually strike them back in the form of a rod of judgment.

It is the same in the spirit world. No matter how learned a person may be, if he uses the knowledge he has gained for his own sake instead of for the greater good, that knowledge will come back and strike him. That person will be thrown into hell. We should live for the sake of the world centering on the ideal of one global family, God's ideal. Yet, if we ignore the world and live only for our own sake, the world will judge us. (Messages of Peace 14-215. 2007.6.13)

You cannot continue without straightening your path, in life or death. Because I know this, I've been doing this all my life. I carry this burden even though I was persecuted and sent to prison. Did I go to prison because I enjoy it? I did so for the sake of God and God's liberation. I went for the sake of liberating humankind and the satanic world. I have walked the path of restoration through indemnity, because without going this way liberation does not come and because we cannot separate from Satan amid peace and comfort. (148-168, 1986.10.8)

We should understand how true children should act. True children should be able to offer their lives and everything they have for the sake of God's Son and should be grateful even if they themselves end up in hell. Without going through such a process, nothing can be accomplished. In this way, you can return to the Father through having the heart of true children. (76-73, 1975.1.26)

When the husband and wife love each other explosively on the basis of the heart of loving God and loving humankind, God and the universe will be enraptured by this couple. This love cannot be anything other than that for the sake of God and humankind. (35-239, 1970.10.19)

Human morals teach that children should love their parents, and husbands and wives should love each other and their children. Have you ever thought about for whose sake children should love their parents? Have you ever thought about for whom husbands and wives should love each other and for whom they should love their children? Human beings have lost the Lord who is responsible for love. God has spoken of infinite love. He said that what will remain in the end is love. That love is God's love. You should all know what it is that you long for. You must have a purpose in loving. For whom do you love? It is for the sake of God. We should love for His sake.

Those who love for their own sake: see what happens after you die -- where you will go. You give birth to children, breastfeed them, and shower them with affection, but for whom do you do all that? It should be on behalf of heaven and earth, because of this nation and the world, because of God. The heavenly fortune following God's love is moving beyond the world to embrace heaven and earth. Yet if you love your children who are born through that connection just because of you, this is unacceptable. Those women who embrace and breastfeed their babies should do so with ardent hearts that they are embracing God's beloved sons and daughters on behalf of heaven and earth. (8-105, 1959.11.22)

Do not digest everything for your own sakes, but rather for the sake of God, your nation, tribe, family and spouse. Self-centered living is fraught with worries. Conversely, altruists always make friends. If you constantly devote yourselves to the welfare of others to the point of emptying yourselves, you become a vacuum, and the truth will come into you. (203-101, 1990.6.17)

Is there a place where perfect people, that is, a perfect man and woman, come to be? It is a place where they can receive God's love centered on the public will of heaven and attend God as the subject partner after completely uniting their mind and body. When they come to such a place, they will stand in the position of perfected Adam and Eve. When such people form a family and make a start, this is a historic start. This is the beginning of a historic life course. (26-160, 1969.10.25)

My life is for the sake of God and the world. Do not think of living for yourselves. Live for God, True Parents and humanity. True love is indispensable for you in forming a four-position foundation with God, True Parents and humanity. They all desire true love. You should become people who can inherit this true universe centered on true love. We need to bear this in mind constantly. (147-115, 1986.8.31)

We go to heaven on the tracks of love. When I explain it like this, doesn't it seem real? The line of love will not become thin when pulled, as a rubber band does. Where a rubber band becomes thinner the more it is pulled, the more the line of love is pulled, the thicker it becomes. In this sense, becoming the number one person of suffering for the sake of God's will is the secret method to occupy the world. The most suffering person monopolizes the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven. (57-162, 1972.5.31)

Heaven is the destination for those who live preparing their hearts to attend God, as well as those who can leave behind a life of attendance and joyfully move on, even if they were to die while preparing. There is resurrection there. The details of life do not appear there. How we should live from now on is the important question we should reflect upon in our life of attendance. (8-303, 1960.2.14)

In the face of death, Jesus cried out, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will." Even as he died, he did not protest to God, but was ready to offer a greater sacrifice without question because his will was great for the sake of God's will. Jesus' attitude brought him to a closer position to God because it enabled him to go deeper. In front of such a person, God is melted. Whoever would strike such a person would be instantly destroyed. God would personally punish that person. (36-84, 1970.11.15)

We should live for God and True Parents. That is what you are to do. If you wish to live for the sake of God and True Parents after going to the spirit world, your lifestyle on earth should be in step with that kind of life. That is how harmony is achieved.

For this reason, you should go through a process of passing the fearful judgment of substance. That is the law. On that day, a foundation of heart will automatically come into being. When you work hard fundraising and witnessing, why do people persecute and accuse you? That experience allows you to find heart, a heart you did not have, and to find love. It happens so that you can love such people.

Without undergoing such a training course, however much you try to become heavenly people, you will not make it. In other words, you should find love greater than that in the satanic world. Otherwise you cannot go to heaven. We are trying to go to heaven by finding love and only those who have found love can go there.

Who will be the Lords of judgment at that time? God, Jesus, and I will be the Lords of Judgment. Therefore you should put these things into practice. You should know that this is the task we are confronting and it is God's command. (103-236, 1979.3.1)

What is the difference between patriots and saints? Loyal patriots are always ready to sacrifice their lives for their nation, and they live and invest themselves for the public good. Saints, however, transcend their race and nation, and live for all humankind. Going beyond that, they live for God who dwells in the public domain of the cosmos. More than just following the way of filial piety in the family or loyalty to the nation, saints are determined to fulfill the way of loyalty and filial piety in front of all humankind. They are willing to abandon their position as loyal patriots and forget their country and king. Even if the king grabs their hands and pleads with them, saying, "Our country will be brought to ruin if you go," saints won't concern themselves with their king's situation. After they fulfill the way of the saint in the world, they will be recognized by heaven as having done some-thing far greater than just being a loyal patriot to their king. (101-150, 1978.10.29)

Human beings want to resemble God, and if they are His sons or daughters, it is inevitable that God would have the idea of allowing them to resemble Him. I want to resemble God, and God wants to take me with Him. Therefore, God will seek the way to make this possible. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that human beings must be born in a form through which they can resemble God. God waits for the day of that birth. Human beings wait for this day as well. Do we need a day when we are born with that body, or not? That day would be the day of our physical death.

Well then, should human beings welcome death or not? When we are asked what the purpose of death is, we should say, "We die for the sake of God's true love." The reason we discard our physical body is to actively participate in the work of God's infinite love, and for the sake of God's world of love. (116-172, 1982.1.1)

The Unification Church is on a different level of teaching from any other religion since it shows the way to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with the family and with the tribe whom we love. This is why the Unification Church emphasizes the family while other religions emphasize the single way of life. The family-centered way is the way to go. This kind of family lives for the sake of God and the world. This is the way for Unification Church members to follow. (92-166, 1970.9.20)

There can be no complaint from the object partner who exists for the sake of their subject partner. Complaint would be an act of rashness and lead to failure. Therefore, complaint is not allowed in the life of faith. You should only be thankful. Because Heaven will always be the subject, there cannot be any rules or ways of life that moves away from it.

Heavenly law is established when order is properly followed. Therefore, in the relationship between the subject and object partners, God must stand in the position of the absolute subject. The person who ignores that subject cannot become His object partner. If you strive to become the absolute object before the absolute subject, you become absolutely one. Thus, everything that you see, hear and feel, even the loving relationships in your family, are for the sake of God who stands as the subject partner to you as His object partner. Everything works like this. Such a family will never perish. (58-310, 1972.6.25)

I have experienced hardships to this day for the sake of God's will. Even now, I travel on this path day and night. Those who have not attended me closely do not know me well. The minute I open my eyes from sleep I kneel on the floor and pray. Why do I live in such a way? It is because, even in the middle of the night, my beloved children spread across the world depend on me as they pray to God. Even though I cannot offer devotion together with them, shouldn't I keep time with them just the same? Since I am unaware of this when I am asleep, even God forgives me. When a child falls asleep in fatigue at that hour, God prays on his behalf in the same way a father watches over his child. (26-138, 1969.10.19)

You should explore ways to save even a penny for the sake of God's will and the restoration of this nation. Hence, I believe that we should pioneer a way to be even more frugal in our finances. (77-31, 1975.3.23)

Our concept of life is that we live for the sake of the world. We live for the sake of the world, for the sake of God, and furthermore for the liberation of God. (148-166, 1986.10.8)

You must live within the framework of love with the determination in your heart to love more than Satan does, with the desire to love God and the universe; you must be able to say, "For the sake of God's will and the liberation of humanity, I will go down to the abyss." How do you go down? Try being trampled upon. Let all the four billion people of the world walk over you. I do not complain, even when I am trampled on. I digest everything with gratitude and love. That is what you must do. (138-288, 1986.1.24)

I have been walking the way for the sake of God's will. Looking at my life, no one can understand the path I am going. However, my life has a deep and broad background that is understood by Heaven. When you think about this, am I fortunate or unfortunate? I am fortunate. People oppose me not because they want to. Without opposition, restoration through indemnity will not occur. Knowing that everything we do we do by Heaven's direction you must be grateful. If you continue being grateful you will ultimately come to a world you had never thought of, and the world that opposed you will fall into consequences it would have never imagined. That is why the life of those who live in attendance of Heaven must be filled with gratitude. (138-129, 1986.1.19)

Up to now I have not told you, "Oh, you must absolutely obey my words." We must comply with the historical course. The historical course is a course of providential history trodden for the sake of God. It is for that reason that I have been teaching you about the course of the providence of restoration. (71-66, 1974.4.28)

In the long run, people get married for the sake of God's love; by that, I mean in order to receive the love of God. Since you are living a married life for the sake of God, His love will automatically come to you; through that, the love of God can be made yours. (165-87, 1987.5.20)

For the sake of God, the earth, and your hometown, you must practice a love that is greater than that ever known by the countless people who have lived on this earth. Only then will the proper root grow in you. (178-116, 1988.6.1)

Jesus was particularly remarkable in this regard. In the situation of having no other option but the way of the cross owing to the disbelief of the Jewish people, Jesus realized that the only way for him to live for the sake of God and the people of Israel was for him to die for them. This was the reasoning behind the crucifixion. As Jesus' love for God and humanity exceeded that of anyone else in history, the Christian cultural sphere caused a doomed history to take a new direction toward a world designed to serve the greater good. This is historical fact. Thus, the only way to unite North and South is to become a people who can give their lives for them both. There is no other path to achieve unification. There has to be a heart of truly wanting to live together. (World Peace -- 132, 2000.2.10)

Although you are attending parents who are not your natural parents, you are the people that seek to attend the Parents, centering on God, even more sincerely than you would your natural parents. On top of that, despite having our own country, we are the people that seek to live for the sake of God's nation with loyalty, filial piety, and virtue. (47-81, 1971.8.19)

In going the way of filial piety for the sake of God, even if you have to die away from home, you should protect whatever environment you are in such a way that will earn you the appreciation of its inhabitants. Only by bequeathing such a legacy can you go to heaven. If you do not, you will not. (280-41, 1996.10.13)

The conscience is God's agent within the human mind. It is not self-centered but exists for the sake of God's righteousness. It constantly seeks the direction of goodness. The body rebels against this. It only seeks comfort. It is selfish and instinctively follows carnal desires. The conscience chastises the body, and tries to make it conform to the mind. Here is where bitter conflict and struggle always takes place within oneself. No one, though, can conquer the body without welcoming God in. Only through the power of God's true love and truth can the mind as subject partner take command of the body as its object partner and realize the ideal of oneness with God. This is the perfect human being that religions speak of. (219-118, 1991.8.28)

Eve's fall was due to her failure to pursue absolute faith and absolute love. Thus, the principle of restoration through indemnity dictates single-hearted devotion of one mindset for the sake of God to restore absolute faith and absolute love based on conscience. Everything in the world goes against God, and so we need to cut ourselves off from and deny them absolutely. (275-30, 1995.10.30)

Those who say they go to church for someone else's sake, for their beloved sons and daughters or for their beloved husband or wife, will not be able to go further. They should go to church for God's sake. You should go to church to attend God as your own God and to find God's love as your own love. (8-162, 1959.12.6)

Even if you begin with a path of suffering and end your life with suffering, as a heavenly son or daughter going forward toward heaven, you must maintain the attitude of seeking to ease God's heart, and seeking to live for the sake of God as a filial child. (258-106, 1994.3.17)

The Fall resulted from the desire for possessions, to have something of your own. Even when God and the Messiah come, if you continue with this desire, you will end up being on the side of Satan.

That is why you should follow the way of obedience. Yet, time and again, such chronic problems inherited from the fallen world have remained with us. What would you do if asked to use your possessions for God's sake? Even in my dreams, I have never said that the things I have earned belong to me. (107-207, 1980.5.1)

It is children of filial piety who serve and love the parents in a family; those who serve and love the nation are patriots; and those who love the world are saints. Then, what is it that I teach? It is to be a divine son or daughter who loves God, the world, and the universe. Which will you be? Will you be a divine son or daughter, or a dutiful son or daughter? To be a divine son or daughter requires having a loving heart like God's heart. (129-96, 1983.10.1)

Whose God are you going to make Him? Are you going to make Him America's God? Will you make Him the God of Korea? Will you make Him your God? Which? You are so greedy! If you want to make Him your God, you have to work for God more than for your own people. (184-224, 1989.1.1)

What gift will you carry when you go to God in the spirit world? Not money, nor the prestige of an academic title, nor the love for a spouse, nor a happy life. Such things cannot be gifts. You must take your love for God and your love for the world with you to that place. That is what remains. In John 3:16, it is written: "God so loved the world..." It states that God loves the world; therefore He sent His only begotten son. The only begotten son is the person who came to love the world.

For this reason, if your faith is founded in love, you will not perish. You will be saved. Since the Lord loves the world, we should do likewise. Christianity has become split into many different denominations. There are Christians who don't even think about the world or God. They are perishing while loving only their own denomination and nations; we must love the world and God, transcending our own denomination and nations. (98-329, 1978.8.13)

You all have to become those who live for God's Kingdom and righteousness. However difficult your circumstances, you must be people who can fight and overcome them, remembering that God has hope in you. Only then can you be called His true sons and daughters.

Then what kind of people can build God's Kingdom? They are those who can deny themselves out of a heart of concern for Him. Those who deny themselves for the sake of their society, people, nation and world are the very ones who can build His kingdom. Further, those who live for His sake even to the point of denying their nation and the world are the ones who can build His kingdom. Also, however sorrowful their circumstances may be, those who feel sorrow for their society, nation, world and even God rather than for themselves can build His kingdom.

Today you should not strive to satisfy your own desires, but rather must lead lives of faith and sacrifice in serving a higher purpose. Then you should attain the standard of the heart of Jesus who went through hardships for God's will and for humankind. You should advance to the position of God's true children who can comfort the broken heart of God who has gone through hardships to this day.

When you see unrighteousness you should feel indignant. Together with God's love that wants to give more and more, you should advance to the ends of this world and make effort to seek and establish His Kingdom and righteousness. Furthermore you should be able to comfort the heart of God who had gone through hardships until now to save humanity amidst such sorrow.

Not only that, by not being defeated and winning victory in the battle with Satan during the course of establishing God's Kingdom and righteousness, you have to unify the family, society, people, nation and world beginning with the individual. In other words, you have to be able to fight and win over Satan in whatever situation you find yourselves. If you go into society, you must do that in any circumstance that society presents you with. If you go out into the nation, you have to be able to step forward, take responsibility for its worst problems, then fight and win over the satanic forces behind them.

If such people were to appear, it might seem that they would perish initially, but you should know that they will prosper later on. They are also the heads of certain households, workplaces, organizations and nations. Those who can discharge their filial duties by devoting themselves to their parents, who can discharge their conjugal duties to their spouse within their families, and who can fulfill the obligations of loyal subjects to their sovereign, are the leaders of their families and nation. When such a spirit wells up from within your innermost self and harmonizes with your body so that even Satan comes to respect and follow you, then for the first time you can step forward as the people who seek and establish God's Kingdom and righteousness. (3-131, 1957.10.13)

If you live for the sake of Heaven and the True Parents, your children will be blessed with heavenly fortune and naturally come to inherit the heavenly tradition. (Messages of Peace 14-224, 2007.6.13)

Ladies and gentlemen, on looking back, my life has indeed been like a dream. At the young age of sixteen, with nothing but the buoyant spirit and aspirations of youth, I was called by Heaven and began to live for the will of God. This left no room in my heart for any worldly ambitions I may have cherished. It has never been an easy path, but I have followed it for more than eighty years, looking nowhere but straight ahead. This was the life I was fated to lead, with no choice but to shake off the embrace of my beloved parents, and brothers and sisters, who clung to me, wanting me to stay with them. They endured great self sacrifice and walked a thorny path of sorrowful suffering for my sake.

It has been a journey through the wilderness that no one among the 6.5 billion people living on earth could ever comprehend. Even when I persevered through the hardships of prison life six times, I never let go of the key to the providence; such has been my life. (Messages of Peace 2, March 2006)

Who takes the lead? Those who live for the sake of God's Will must take the lead. If we say, "Those who live for the sake of others and for the sake of God's will take the lead," then there is no opposition. It is just simple. Those who don't understand this cannot stand. (True Child -- 119)

Even if parents die, they should leave behind the heavenly law. Why does the family exist? Even if you live for the sake of your children, you should live first for the sake of God and the nation. That is ultimately the way to live for the sake of your children, because only in that way can your children benefit from the fortune of the nation, the world and God. Therefore, even if your precious children, who were born from the Blessing, suffer, you should not adjust to their situation but rather adjust to the destiny of the nation, the world and God. (21-87, 1968.10.27)

The life we are leading on earth is not for our own sake. We are living for the sake of God's love. For that purpose, we are in a continuous state of action and existence. How splendid that is! Those who lead such a life can never be brought to ruin. Hardships, tears and misery would not make us miserable, bitter, or sad because we would be enduring them all for the love of God. You should understand this principle. (67-159, 1973.6.1)

With a heart of serving others, I have lived for the sake of God, humanity, the world, and all of creation. Didn't I liberate creation? That is why I am living for the sake of the ocean. In the 1960s, there was not one mountain that I had not visited. In 1963, I designed the Boat of Heavenly Victory. Who in this world would call their boat, "Boat of Heavenly Victory"? There was a reason behind all this. I have been building boats until now in order to establish the standard of Heaven's victory.

I started building boats even before coming to America. I began making boats in 1963, and I have been sailing boats to this day. During the years 1973, 1983, 1993, I have been going on boats for twenty-four years. I have ridden in boats from morning to midnight. At times I would go on boats until three o'clock in the morning in Alaska. I rode in boats with single-mindedness and resolve. (294-54, 1998.6.10)

What is a divine son or daughter? Those who reach out to the world centering on God, who serve humankind as they would serve God are divine sons and daughters. The historical saints are those who have died for the sake of the people of the world. And who are the divine sons and daughters of God? They are loyal to God, but as they live for God they also live for the sake of all people. (133-241, 1984.7.19)

We should live for God and True Parents. That is what you are to do. If you wish to live for the sake of God and True Parents after going to the spirit world, your lifestyle on earth should be in step with that kind of life. That is how harmony is achieved.

For this reason, you should go through a process of passing the fearful judgment of substance. That is the law. On that day, a foundation of heart will automatically come into being. (103-236, 1979.3.1)

I am liberating all those in the spirit world. After liberating them, I will not say "I liberated you so you have to live for me!" For those in the spirit world, I am teaching them to live for God, to come and even step on me in order to live for the sake of the world. That is the heart of a filial son and a patriot. The self cannot become the center. (301-187, 1999.4.26)

The Unification Church has a different dimension or idea different than any other religion. It teaches the way to go to heaven bringing our entire beloved families and tribes. Hence, the religions that have existed until now emphasize celibacy. But the Unification Church places importance on the family. We go the family-centered way. Those families live for God and the world. This is the way for Unification Church members to go. (34-358, 1970.9.20)

The first commandment for humankind is to love God. Should you love God deeply until the end, or shallowly for a short time? Will you love God even at the risk of your life? You must love God even if you get hit by lightning. If you love God at the risk of your life, there will be nothing you cannot do. (37-25, 1970.12.22)

By attending the heavenly Parent, the heavenly kingdom and the heavenly ancestors, a royal domain will emerge, one where we can eternally attend the realm of tribal messiahship as part of the mainstream lineage and bequeath the way of attendance to succeeding generations. It will be a nation where we can attend the King, and sing praises for the eternal reign of peace and prosperity. You, your mother, father, family and tribe can go directly to heaven only after having lived in such a nation. (220-221, 1991.10.19)

Now the problem is how you create a new tradition from the life of attendance to God as an individual, as a family and as a church or from the standard of attendance that God demands from this nation and race. (38-12, 1971.1.1) 

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