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“Allow me to repeat myself: 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.

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 of the desire to have one’s partner exist for one’s own sake; true love is free from that corruption.

Instead, 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 most excellent satisfaction in helping his parents.

God created the universe out of just such love: absolute, unique, unchanging, and eternal, investing in everything without any expectation or condition of receiving something in return.

True love is the wellspring of the universe. Once we possess it, true love makes us the centers and the owners of the universe.

True love is God’s essence and the manifestation 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 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 prerequisite for entering the kingdom of heaven.”

(Excerpt from Peace Message 1, first delivered by Sun Myung Moon on 12th Sept. 2005 in New York)