Even when you say “love,” you need to know that there are two kinds of love: God’s love and human love. The love of God is a daijo, all-encompassing love; it is a kind of love that loves all of humanity without limit. On the contrary, human love is a shojo, narrow love; it is a kind of love that is self-seeking and loves only oneself, one’s friends and one’s nation. Human love, therefore, is limited and in the end is evil. Once you understand what I am trying to say here, you members have to face any issue with a daijo feeling, that is, with the love of God. You need to communicate with people with God’s love engraved into your heart. If you do this, I assure you that it will bring about good results.
Be Daijo, November 25, 1951
What kind of love is the love of God?
Up until today, when we said “love,” we only knew the kind where we give and are given, bring and are brought among ourselves – among human beings.
Or we only knew the kind that we had for the natural world such as for animals and plants close to us.
And, in truth, we have made love into something that enhances our value in society and as something that, through it, boasts of our deeds. We have misunderstood the practice of God’s love as the practice of the “love for others” people usually talk about in society or the moral acts of caring for others.
But actually, the love of God is not something changeable and transient as if it can be swayed by our likes or dislikes, by what we believe to be right or wrong, that is, by human standards and judgment.
It is not something that can be measured as if it were strong or weak.
I believe that the true nature of “to love” is to make something one’s own.
Let me say that the love of God is to make His creations His own, that is, the love of making us His children His very own.
This love of God is the true love embedded in the name of the Messiah.
Through Meishu-sama, we were able to awaken to our mistake of owning this love as if it were ours and to know that true love exists – the love in which God who is within us forgives us and makes us His own children.
And never forget: It was nothing other than through the forgiveness of God that we were able to know God and His love.
Grand Spring Service and Prayer for Abundance Service
March 12, 2017
“The forgiveness of God” in one phrase means “the love of God.” The love of God is the forgiveness of God.
In truth, love can “forgive what is unforgiveable,” which is why it is called “love.” To forgive something that is forgivable is not love. Humans often forgive within their own permissible range of forgiveness, love what they are able to love, and in this way we truly live self-centered lives. As such, human love is not true love. Love that forgives what is unforgiveable – humans can never have this kind of love.
The love of God, as it is also said in the Zengen Sanji prayer as “immense and limitless great mercy,” is something unfathomable. That is the love of God. To forgive that which is unforgiveable is the love of God.
We, our ancestors and all of humanity, too, were “those who were unforgiveable.” We were those who were unforgiveable, but by God’s immeasurable love, He forgave the “unforgiveable” us. He unilaterally forgave us. It is not because we did something good or we deserved it, rather, even though we were unforgiveable and we were sinners, God unilaterally forgave us.
. . . I would like to receive this love of God together with all of you and together with our ancestors. And from here on too, I would like to serve together with all of you in this limitless, deep love of God.
Grand Ancestor Service
August 3–4, 2019
Published in Glory, no. 4, May 1, 2020