God’s love is the subject of all loves flowing within the four position foundation, which is established when its members have completed the three object purpose through their dynamic love for each other. Without God’s love, there is no way to establish the true four position foundation; without God’s love, there is no way for us to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Love is truly the source and wellspring of our life and happiness. ~Exposition of the Divine Principle
In case you were wondering, Four Position Foundation, is a technical term describing the interaction between a person’s mind and body or the interpersonal relationships in a family. For an individual, the four position foundation describes the relationship between mind and body. It breaks down what it means to be a person of integrity. This person follows through on their promises. Their actions are the expression of their values and ideals. This is a disciplined person, who achieves what they set out to do, no matter what.
That’s not all. A highly disciplined person could also be an abusive jerk or a criminal. They may follow though and achieve their goals at the expense of everyone around them, leaving chaos and pain in their wake.
There’s another essential piece of the puzzle. Their values and ideals are rooted in the love of God. Their mind is filled with God’s love and their actions are an expression of God’s love. Jesus is the model of such a perfect person. (Matt 5:48)
The same thing is found in families. A family four position foundation is a united family with balanced relationships. Families can be united around many things, sports, camping, or business and making money. A disciplined and united family needs one final thing to complete the picture. God’s love should saturate all of their relationships.
The Three Object Purpose describes this dynamic. Within this family, God has individual relationships of love with three objects, the husband, the wife and the children. The husband has individual relationships of love with his three objects, God, his wife, and his children. The wife has her three objects of love, God, her husband and children. Each child has three objects of love, first with God, then with each parent.
God doesn’t care who is in charge. What God longs to see is the reflection of His love in each of these relationships.
Without God’s love, there is no way for us to fulfill the purpose for which we were created.
So how do we bring God’s love into our lives and into our family relationships? Our love must be a reflection of and an expression of God’s love. Jesus gave us a clue in the Gospel of Matthew 5:48. He says, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Unfortunately, very few people understand what Jesus was talking about. Was he talking about a world where no one makes a mistake? A world without erasers or white-out? Maybe he meant that we all need to become neurotic perfectionists. Personally, I can’t think of a more hellish place on Earth.
To really understand Godly perfection, we need to hit rewind and read this verse in context.
Starting from Matthew 5:43, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”
This gives a much clearer picture of Godly perfection. To love as God loves. Not easy. But the result will be a lot better than a world without erasers.
P.S. I just finished re-reading Joe Vitale’s book, Zero Limits, which deals extensively with the topic of bringing Divine love into your life for healing, and problem solving. I highly recommend it. I love you!
For more on creating a world of love, check out Joe Vitale’s Zero Limits.