The Standard of Heart for Each Member of Unification Church
Sun Myung Moon
“Original Source of Loyalty and Filial Piety?”1 First Volume
Boundary of Heart
No Matter how painful my situation is and how unfathomable the suffering and agony I feel, my innermost concern is whether my heart is focusing on the fact that Heavenly Father is even more anguish-filled. My forty some years of suffering are limited to those years. However, God’s 6,000 years of suffering is incomprehensible by human beings, no matter how much we try to understand it.
The more you appreciate this fact, the more deeply you must bow down to Him. The more you comprehend it, the more obedient and humble you must become. Then, you start feeling to your bones that you have nothing to offer to Him — even though you give your life a hundred times or even ten thousand times, you will never repay His loving heart. With this attitude, you move forward with a profound gratitude to Him in your heart and go over the road of indemnity toward the world-wide level, and then giving God a new hope in seeing such a child. I am always thinking about this.
When you face painful and agonizing situations and feel like you have reached the end of your rope, you must focus on the central point — God has never experienced real joy in His Heart. His Heart is only embracing sorrow and agony. Therefore, your question is how to comfort God’s grieving heart. It is your important responsibility as a member of Unification Church. When you gain a victory, you must thank God with tears of gratitude.
The victory you gain today is not a victory won by your efforts alone. From the first victory, to the one-hundredth, to the ten-millionth victory, every victory is won because God’s decisive motive is behind it. Thus, those who understand this principle must always keep grateful hearts to Him, even when going through courses filled with tears. Jesus offered his gratitude to God, when he went the course of the cross. Unless the heart of gratitude had remained, even after death by the crucifixion, there would not have been his resurrection.
Therefore, we must fight on and continue fighting on. After a victory, with gratitude to God, you must move onward to the world on the road of battle. This is where you stand in the process of restoration. Don’t forget that. You may endure momentary pain and suffering; However, God has been persevering through unbearable pain and anguish ever since the Fall of Man. God has endured them — with the heart of perseverance, He has been holding on.
Therefore, if someone asks God what are His footprints since the fall, He will answer, “I am Perseverance.” If God’s children come to know His heart, they must go willingly any path of suffering — any course of restoration. You are not responsible for restoring one nation alone. Even though you are but one as a child of God, standing before Him, you must gladly take responsibility for all nations and peoples in the world — with the sense of responsibility that you will decide life or death for every human being. This is the standard of heart for each individual member of Unification church after knowing and understanding the course of restoration.
1: “Origin of The Loyalty and Filial Piety” is several volumes of books compiled Father Moon’s speeches (many of them spoken in Japanese) from later 60’s to early 80’s by Rev. Kamiyama.