A man of character keeps his promises

A man of character keeps his promises. If I say that you forced the promise I made upon me, and therefore I don’t have to keep it, then I am not a man of character. Law is a set of promises made on a public standard. Thus, all the people who live within its jurisdiction should keep it. If someone cannot keep it, then he should be punished by public regulation. This is the responsibility of the keepers of the law. No matter who initiated it, a promise must be kept. You will be a loser if you do not keep your promise. In making a promise, everyone has to come to an accord based on the common standard.

 

The Way of a Man of Character
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
1997

Forgiveness

As I Can See

On a day when billions remember and praise the resurrection of Jesus, is there anything, what can be told as a personal, vivid and true-to-life thought?

Jesus’ example brought the final stage of the culture of forgiveness, the highest level.

Although, He has proved all in His life, starting as a child, how to forgive and act, change and change again to win the heart of others and this way being unchanging in Heart, He faced opposition. Was His agony and death any different from His all life? His everyday battles before and during his ministry? His attitude was unchanging, His Heart was unchanging, His Love was the utmost as well in words as in deeds. However, He had to face with resentment, denial, scorning, accusations, lies and falsity, all in His life. As much as He could teach about God, Heavenly Father, as high the stakes was, and He…

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SMM Quotes – 180

“As humans we have a common character working within us. We strive for betterment and we pursue goodness. Because these strivings are common to all men, we continually reach out for new horizons, for greater and higher universal character; in other words for something better, some way to progress. Since such character distinctly exists within the common human nucleus, the whole of humanity continually moves itself toward betterment.” – Sun Myung Moon

Forgiveness

On a day when billions remember and praise the resurrection of Jesus, is there anything, what can be told as a personal, vivid and true-to-life thought?

Jesus’ example brought the final stage of the culture of forgiveness, the highest level.

Although, He has proved all in His life, starting as a child, how to forgive and act, change and change again to win the heart of others and this way being unchanging in Heart, He faced opposition. Was His agony and death any different from His all life? His everyday battles before and during his ministry? His attitude was unchanging, His Heart was unchanging, His Love was the utmost as well in words as in deeds. However, He had to face with resentment, denial, scorning, accusations, lies and falsity, all in His life. As much as He could teach about God, Heavenly Father, as high the stakes was, and He had to offer more and more indemnity. How could He forgive at all, during and after all the suffering and tribulation?

With action. Ceaseless actions for others, as the embodiment of the “living for the sake of others”. Because forgiveness is not only saying sorry. It is always a promise not doing that again, and indemnify, offering something simbolically, equal or higher value. And because noone did it, He took others’ responsibility and offered real indemnity, all in His life, since the childhood.

Is taking responsibility, indemnity, being a living offering a comfortable thing? Not at all. It is always like dying spiritually and seeing no way out, and then, without any expectations receiving anything in return, willingly “die”. This is the way how to be reborn, this is how God, Heavenly Father can accept us and our heartistic desire. Naturally, after a promise, offering, we cannot go back, cannot continue living like before. And that is really a challenge, since our character, our nature has less to do with the unchanging, eternal, heavenly values.

The culture of forgiveness is what we all must, should and need to practice with each other, with strangers, and with ourselves. Our life must resemble to Jesus’ offering. We are able to do that, and this way, we can be reborn, and live again, in a much completed, more beautiful way, closer to God, our Heavenly Father.

Be Blessed and Be Blessings to Others!

 

Joshua Dragon

What is Religion?

Religion is a training center and educational institute to repair dysfunctional man and return him to his original state…The mission of religion is to cultivate our character through a life of faith that embraces enlightenment and personal growth, so that we can attend God in our everyday lives…all faiths should attach greater importance to educating and training individuals to perfect their character, thus raising them to become people of faith, than they do to merely bringing people to a path of faith through witnessing and sermons”‘. – Reverend Sun Myung Moon

(from the book: Cheon Hwa Dang – The House of Heaven’s Harmony)

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