Greetings and good morning 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 choice of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Choice of the Father's Love
"Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.'" John, Chapter 14, Verse 16.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus' Spirit of Truth provides insight, wisdom, and understanding. The spiritual
insight that accumulates in our minds as we pursue the Father's will allows us to see how we should
relate to each other, to see the relationship of the parts to the whole. It allows us to see how true
relationships should exist. Armed with this spiritual knowledge, we are empowered to choose the
right decision in our moral and spiritual struggles. The spirit provides an overlay, a transparent map
delineating the best road to take as we follow the Spirit of Truth. The overlay of truth stands out
against the incomplete reality of error and evil.
As we follow the overlay, we follow the Spirit of Truth, which is the way, the truth, and the life. As
we pray and worship, seeking to know the Father's will, these insights become more ingrained in our
conscious minds; that is, the more spiritual we become, the greater is our spiritual insight and our
ability to follow the Spirit of Truth.
And this is where patience manifests itself. It requires time for the Father to perfect us. When we do
achieve this perfection, we will be just like Jesus when he lived his life in the flesh. We will be the
living embodiments of divine patience. Our spiritual insight will be perfect, our understanding and
wisdom superb. As we display the personification of truth that we have become, time will still pass
and space will still intervene between the conception of a goal and the realization of it. But our
insights will be so perfect that we will traverse the cycles of the Father's will without error or evil
and certainly without sin. We will inherently choose that which is good and true, therefore beautiful.
We will not suffer the pains of error and the sorrows of evil. We will be free from the ugliness of
We will be conscious of the passing of time and the separation of space, but our activities will have
supreme meanings and supreme values and will impart such supreme satisfaction that the passing
of time will be very pleasurable and the separation of space will only heighten our enthusiasm and
expectation. We will be perfectly satisfied to pursue that which is before us. There will not be the
slightest tendency to abandon one particular task for a more favorable one. The tasks assigned will
be the most important, not the one we just completed or the one that lies ahead. We will inherently
know that a different task does not equal a superior meaning and value. All tasks will be equally and
But just now, being short of perfect and not having fully mastered doing the Father's will, we
exercise various degrees of divine patience. In many of us, divine patience is mostly potential, while
in a few there is actuality of patience. In most us it is an actualizing quality. The degree of achieved
perfection is directly proportional to the degree of divinity achievement--the degree of achieved
We are still growing in the knowledge of truth and therefore are unable to perfectly see the
relationship of how we relate to each other--that we are all part of a whole. Our viewpoint is relative.
And herein is another paradox: patience is required to complete the process, but none of us has the
patience in and of ourselves to do so. The duration of time and the separation of space in which we
function creates a tension in us that leads to impatience. But doing the Father's will eliminates that
tension. Divine patience transcends the limitations of our mere human patience, and so both aspects
are completed at the same time.
We are unable to fully grasp the truth that what we are doing now--this moment--is of supreme
importance. The task that we have been assigned now has supreme meaning and value whether or
not we can discern its value and meaning. Just because one task may be different from another, or
more appealing to our immature sense of appreciation, does not mean that it is spiritually better. As
the intensity of our desire to do the Father's will increases, then does the depth and breadth of divine
meanings and values increase, yielding supreme satisfaction.
This concludes today's message on understanding the choice 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