Cheon Seong Gyeong 807
Don’t you think that your mind – even your fallen mind – knows what you have done in your life? Do you or do you not know what kind of person you are? You cannot deceive yourself.
Each of you knows what you are really like. You should not think too highly of yourself. Everything will be totally revealed in the spirit world. Your misdeeds will be revealed first. You have to first clear up your misdeeds before entering the spirit world. Without doing so, you cannot enter the heavenly spirit world. Even if you close your eyes, your misdeeds will be revealed and punishment demanded. Consequently, you must be educated until you rid yourself of that misbehavior. You have to receive training. You have to undergo intense training. The spirit world as a whole is now being trained and is creating an education system guided by Heung-jin. (287-203, 1997.10.30)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1143
Originally human beings were supposed to become God’s princes and princesses, but they became the offspring of the servant and multiplied the servant’s children. You know who Satan is, right? He is an adulterer. What is an adulterer? He is a robber of love, someone who deviated from the proper way of love. That is why Satan is a thief of love. (135- 283, 1985.12.15)
DEVOTION MEANS TO WORSHIP GOD OUT OF LOVE. Love can be volitional, expressed in acts of dedication and sacrifice, as in the biblical commandment, “Love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” In the Abrahamic faiths, devotion is primarily expressed in acts of loyalty and dedication to God’s will.
Love for God can also be an emotional experience. Devotional worship is expressed in joyful and emotional outpourings of praise and song and in the constant longing for God’s sweet presence. This powerful mode of religious consciousness is particularly manifest in the Hindu and Sikh bhakti tradition, the dancing and song of Sufi Muslims and Hassidic Jews, and in the outpourings of the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal Christianity.
Many passages of scripture describe this mystical emotion as a transfigured sublime love of a bride for her beloved, as in the Song of Solomon in the Bible, in the loves of Radha and Krishna or Sita and Rama in the Hindu tradition, and in the devotion of Mary Magdalene to Jesus.
Father Moon teaches that there is a fundamental link between the love of man and woman and the joining of heaven and earth. Father Moon also adds a new, minor key to this longing to experience God’s love by bringing in the element of God’s suffering heart. If God’s real circumstances are full of suffering and pain, then the longing for emotional unity with God should also take us into the experience of divine sorrow. His prayers are full of tears, commiserating with God. Knowing that God is in pain also motivates us to act in this world to alleviate His suffering by saving our brothers and sisters from sin, oppression and despair. At this deep level, heart and action become one.
- Deeds of Devotion to God and His Will
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10.31Let all your deeds be done for the sake of Heaven.
Mishnah, Avot 2.17 (Judaism)
The most excellent action is love for God’s sake and hatred for God’s sake.
Hadith of Abu Dawud (Islam)
He is the Living One; there is no god but He: call upon Him, giving Him sincere devotion.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and Prayer and Worship 819 when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.
Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart—a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water—I partake of that love offering. Whatever you do, make it an offering to me—the food that you eat, the sacrifices that you make, the help you give, even your suffering. In this way you will be freed from the bondage of karma.
Bhagavad-Gita 9.26-27 (Hinduism)
Holy is the man of devotion;
Through thoughts and words and deed
And through his conscience he increases Righteousness;
The Wise Lord as Good Mind gives the dominion.
For this good reward I pray.
Avesta, Yasna 51.21 (Zoroastrianism)