10 Ways to Love

It is still very true, every day…

As I Can See

1.      Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
2.      Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
3.      Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
4.      Pray without ceasing. (Golossians 1:9)
5.      Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
6.      Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
7.      Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
8.      Trust without wavering. (Corinthians 13:7)
9.      Forgive without punishing. (Golossians 3:13)
10.    Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)

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Noah Traveled the Path of Adventure

Let us now reflect back on our ancestors of the past. When we look at the life of Noah first, we will find that it was not a smooth and even life. How do you think Noah must have felt when he received the commandment, “I will judge the world with water 120 years from now, so build an ark on the top of Mount Ararat”? It was not a feat that took twelve days, nor twelve years. It took 120 years. The commandment to build an ark on top of Mount Ararat was completely out of step with the reality of that time.

When you look at the actual situation of Noah, who carried out that kind of commandment, he might be considered a truly insane person, one who was fully out of touch with his time. Noah, who received such enormous directives from God, made a firm determination within himself. He persevered not for one day, but for a period of 120 years, wishing for that one day to come. You must understand that Noah was truly the adventurous champion, unprecedented in the 1,600 years of prior history. He was raised before Heaven representing that history.

Noah, who maintained absolute faith in the commandment as the will of the covenant, did not pay much attention to all those conditions. Once he decided, he did not care whether God intervened or whether the people of the world cursed at him. Since he had already embarked on the path for the sake of the will, putting his life on the line and having forsaken it, none of these matters posed any problem. Thus, he silently traveled through the course of ordeals that continued for such a long period of 120 years.

Noah must have faced criticisms in his family. Society must have greatly reproached him. Yet nobody could stop the footsteps of Noah, who began his journey to single-mindedly pioneer the heavenly path that humankind does not understand and has not traveled before, the path that no one in the course of sixteen hundred years had walked before. You must keep in mind that Noah was an adventurous person who could cast aside all opposition, even if the environment of society of that time obstructed him and all the people of the world pushed him back.

Noah made headway with dogged determination, regardless of what kinds of tests and tribulations he faced. After 120 years passed, he could erect the one restored family that Adam’s family had lost. You must understand such a historical background.

 

 

The Providence of God and the Nature of the Adventure That Transcends Reality
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
December 2, 1956

The flood subsides

God has never given up on helping those who are willing to stay to be awaken and persevering…

As I Can See

But God had Noah in mind, and all the wild beasts and all the cattle that
were with him in the ark. God sent a wind across the earth and the waters
subsided. The springs of the deep and the sluices of heaven were stopped.
Rain ceased to fall from heaven; the waters gradually ebbed from the
earth. After a hundred and fifty days the waters fell, and in the seventh month,
on the seventeenth day of that month, the ark came to rest on the mountains
of Ararat. The waters gradually fell until the tenth month when, on the first
day of the tenth month, the mountain peaks appeared.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the porthole he had made in the ark
and he sent out the raven. This went off, and flew back and forth until the
waters dried up from the earth. Then he…

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The Reason Abraham Became the Ancestor of Faith

There is a profound teaching in Abraham’s life.
A kind of education from God that can be -and ought to be- applied for our everydays.

We should really open our eyes inside for this…

As I Can See

Because Noah’s course was like that, even when God judged the people with the flood, there was no condition upon which the faithless and rebellious people could protest against Heaven. Noah was someone of which God could be proud. The judgement of Noah was the process through which the value of heavenly pride and practical value were established. The sons and daughters of Noah should have become connected to the heart of pride that God wanted to establish, but they disregarded Noah’s devotion and had self-centered thoughts. Heaven was turned upside down.

The same was true for Abraham. It was not easy for him to leave everything behind in Ur of the Chaldeans. Abraham could have led a more joyful life than anyone in the satanic world. His wife was extremely beautiful, and he had abundant wealth.

God called Abraham and drove him the opposite way, toward tribulation. You have…

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Against evil counselors

Woe to those who hide from Yahweh
to conceal their plans,
who scheme in the dark
and say, “Who can see us? Who can recognize us?”
What perversity this is !
Is the potter no better than the clay?
Can something that was made say of its maker,
“He did not make me?”
Or a pot say of the potter,
“He is a fool?”
In a short time, a very short time,
shall not Lebanon become fertile land
and fertile land turn into forest?
The deaf, that day,
will hear the words of a book
and, after shadow and darkness,
the eyes of the blind will see.
But the Jowly will rejoice in Yahweh even more
and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel;
for tyrants shall be no more, and scoffers vanish,
and all be destroyed who are disposed to do evil:
those who gossip to incriminate others,
those who try at the gate to trip the arbitrator
and get the upright man’s case dismissed for groundless reasons.
Therefore Yahweh speaks,
the God of the House of Jacob,
Abraham’s redeemer:
No longer shall Jacob be ashamed,
no more shall his face grow pale,
for he shall see what my hands have done in his midst,
he shall hold my name holy.
They will hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Erring spirits will Jearn wisdom
and murmurers accept instruction.

  
Isaiah 29:15-24

Happy indeed the man whom God corrects!

Happy indeed the man whom God corrects!
Then do not refuse this lesson from Shaddai.
For he who wounds is he who soothes the sore,
and the hand that hurts is the hand that heals.
Six times he will deliver you from sorrow,
and the seventh, evil shall not touch you.
In time of famine, he will save you from death,
and in wartime from the stroke of the sword.
You shall be safe from the lash of the tongue,
and see the approach of the brigand without fear.
You shall laugh at drought and frost,
and have no fear of the beasts of the earth.
You shall have a pact with the stones of the field,
and live in amity with wild beasts.
You shall find your tent secure,
and your sheepfold untouched when you come.
You shall see your descendants multiply,
your offspring grow like the grass in the fields.
In ripe age you shall go to the grave,
like a wheat sheaf stacked in due season.
All this, we have observed: it is true.
Heed it, and do so to your profit.

 

Job 5:17-27

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