There is something which even
the richest person in the world cannot buy with money. Eternal
true love which comes from God and
is shared with human beings is the most valuable commodity in
the universe. Like God, human beings value true
love more than life itself. It is impossible to put a
value on eternal true love.
Even though a person may have
billions of dollars worth of material assets, without one's
spouse and descendants, even the richest person on earth would
find him or herself to be
among the most lonely and miserable of all people. Given that our earthly life is
preparation for our eternal life, those who place the highest
value on social status, higher education, or material wealth will be filled
with regret when they enter the spiritual world upon their
death. For such a person, it will come as a great shock to
discover that what determines the quality of life in the
hereafter is the degree to which a person practices true love
throughout one's life.
To resemble God, the original
being of true love, we should become the owners of true love. We
should embody true love and practice it in order to develop our
character. This is the way each of us can become true parents.
Then, what is a life of true
love? True love is the spirit of public service. It
brings the peace that is at the root of happiness. Selfish
love is a mask for the desire to have one's partner exist for
one's own sake; true love is free of that corruption.
Rather, its essence is to give, to live 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 as
with a devoted son who gains his greatest satisfaction in
helping his parents. God created the universe out of just
such love absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal - investing
everything without expectation or the condition of receiving
something in return.
True love is the wellspring of
the universe. Once a person possesses it, true love makes him or
her the center and the owner of the universe. True love is the
root of God and a symbol of His will and power. 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 dissipate the
barriers fallen human beings 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
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. The school where every human being is meant to experience
and learn true love is the family. A family which
practices true love is able to live in happiness together with
God for all eternity. Therefore, a life lived for the sake
of others, a life of true love, is the absolute prerequisite for
entering the kingdom of heaven.