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 character of the Father of Love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Character of the Father of Love
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John, Chapter 3, Verses
16 and 18.
Brothers and sisters, the noblest, precious, holiest, loving and merciful person in the whole universe
is God the Father. The Father is absolutely perfect in nature and character attributes. Such is the
character of the Father that He unselfishly gives life to all living things, and to those living beings
that are capable of making moral choices, He gives His spirit. The infinity and eternity of the Father
combined with His desire to create means that not only does He give life to His creatures but he
qualifies life such that it ranges from the highest to the lowest, from the eternal to the temporal. The
Father loves us so much that he has made a way for us to know him and love Him in return. We can
know him and love Him through His Son, Jesus
The Father is living love. His will is absolute, and He has willed that we become perfect, even as He
is perfect. This command creates the desire for us to find Him by becoming like Him. Many are the
handicaps of space and the delays of time confronting us as we strive for this perfection. The Father
is a spirit person; we are material persons, but the force of the divine command has such power that
as a result of a series of metamorphoses we become perfected spirits even as He is a perfect spirit.
The Father of love does not leave us here to struggle alone but sends His own spirit to live and work
in our minds, including the Spirit of Truth. And there are some other spirits and spirit entities that
strive to assist us in becoming a loving, perfected spirit. Since we are material, we are not materially
conscious of these spirits. We must therefore rely upon spiritual faith which we are conscious of and
can exercise. Through this faith, we can experience the presence of the loving Father through His
Faith is that living quality with which the Father's spirit bathes the moral consciousness of the
material intellect. This faith overshadows the material level, the intellectual level, as well as the
spiritual level. Great confusion, error, and evil are precipitated when material and intellectual faith
are applied to the spiritual level-- that is, when material tests are used to attempt to prove spiritual
truths. Spiritual faith should never be applied directly to the material realm. Always does spirit
operate through the intellect, which has the power to manipulate the material environment using the
laws governing the material level of reality.
The spirit can and does stimulate our intellect to become active in solving its manifold material
problems. But spiritual faith is most effective when used to validate the relationship with the spirit
Father and to appropriate the values and meanings of the character of love. Faith asserts that we are
sons and daughters of the loving and merciful Father, and that we will survive the mortal life for the
purpose of finding the character of love on Paradise and there worshipfully recognize His loving
Faith also transforms our moral characters so that even in the days of the flesh, our moral characters
increasingly take on values and experience the meanings of the character of love. Increasingly our
moral characters begin to display the character fruits of the spirit. And these fruits are eternal--
therefore they change not with the vicissitudes of life. They remain constant. Love, faith, and
goodness do not change in the face of hate, doubt, evil and error, but rather stand out so beautifully
in contrast to these temporary realities of hate, doubt, evil and error that other moral consciousness
is attracted toward them, just as Jesus demonstrated when he lived the life in the flesh.
The evildoer repents and accepts the goodness of the Father, while he flourishes in the love of the
Father and enjoys communion with the Father by faith. The gentle, meek, and temperate traits in us
do not undergo the regressive transformations of roughness, pride, and excessiveness simply because
we may be abused or seen as inconsequential by some unbelieving sister or brother. And neither is
the temperate character tempted to be excessive when there is ample opportunity to do so.
In a character dedicated to doing the Father's will, these traits are apart of the character of love and
change not. Longsuffering, peace, and joy are spiritual qualities that do not diminish because of
temporal and material suffering. Faith in the character of love remains, and we are continually
empowered to carry on through the veil of tears as "seeing Him who is invisible." And to all who
remain faithful, the Father imparts a peace even in the midst of turmoil and bestows unspeakable joy
to the soul over the mind boggling fact and truth that we are sons and daughters of God.
This concludes today's message on the character of the Father of 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