Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the consciousness of the Father's Love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Consciousness of the Father's Love
"He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love." First John, Chapter 4, Verse 8.
Brothers and sisters, we know that God is love, and we want to be conscious of that love. All loving
activities that are unselfish are spiritual revelations the Father's love. Though the Father's love is
always present in our souls, this love lies dormant until we activate it by loving our sisters and
brothers. But the consciousness of the Father's love is indissolubly linked to the unselfish loving
activities that we engage in. No light of truth illuminates the darkened mind of a totally selfish
The very nature of selfishness tends to make one only aware of self. It tends to ignore the
consciousness of other selves, even the divine self. The focus on self reveals the shortcomings of
self. It reveals the powerlessness of the self to find lasting happiness and satisfaction. No matter what
the selfish person does, it just further reduces consciousness so that life becomes increasingly
meaningless and valueless, devoid of the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Father's love.
Consciousness of the Father's love can never be increased when one is solely involved in activities
that steadily decrease the capacity for love. The capacity for love must increase, and there is only one
way to do that: We must involve ourselves in those capacity-enlarging experiences.
The experiences of the consciousness of the heavenly Father's love may be classified into three
categories: First there is the experience of loving those who are easy to love, those who cause us no
struggle. Then there is the experience of loving those who require some effort on our part to get to
know them, and finally there are those protracted experiences with evildoers that require all of the
present resources that we have to learn to love them. It is this last level of experience with evil doers
that yields the greatest consciousness of the Father's love. These are the ones that the Father is
supremely interested in. Remember the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Prodical Son, and the lost
coin. The very effort to love is itself capacity-enlarging.
And though these experiences with an evildoer often appear to generate stress and frustration, they
invariably lead to higher and higher levels of self actualization. Often we may stumble in our
attempts to master this level of consciousness of the Father's love, and often we may think that we
have made no progress at all. But such an interpretation is incorrect. What we are involved in is a
new experience that requires new adjustments, and new insights and growth to resolve this particular
challenge of God's love. Persistence, effort, and struggle gradually reveal the new consciousness of
the Father's love.
This concludes today's message on the consciousness of the Father's love. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this
is Dr. James Perry.