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 comforting truth of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Comforting Truth
Jesus said, " And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may
abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it
seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be
in you." John, Chapter 14, Verses 16 and 17.
Brothers and sisters, the lyricist says, "There is no comfort in the truth. Pain is all you find." But we
shall know the truth of life, and the truth shall set us free; it shall remove all fear and falsehood from
our being. Often times truth does not comfort us and brings pain because we are sometimes on the
other side of truth. As long as we stand in opposition to truth, not only does it not give comfort and
relieve pain, but continued rejection of truth brings about our spiritual destruction.
The source of truth is the heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is truly the way, the
truth, and the life. Truth is divine reality, and this reality is revealed to us through Jesus Christ. The
reception of divine truth cures spiritual error. Spiritual error is a dead end road that leads nowhere.
Thus, when we are in error, we must backtrack and get on the right road--the road of truth. But often
times truth appears antagonistic to our supreme temporal dreams and goals. This occurs because we
fail to build our supreme dreams and goals upon an eternal foundation.
Truth conveys a certain meaning and implies a certain value. Error also conveys a certain meaning
and implies a certain value, but the meanings are meaningless and the values are valueless. For
example, truth says it is better to give than to receive. Error says it is better to receive than to give.
The first statement is a reflection of the way the Father interacts with His children. Life is predicated
on the unselfish loving service of others. This is the meaning of harmony and carries the value of joy
When everyone is looking out for and taking care of everyone else, then everyone has their needs
met, and the harmony of perfection prevails and exists like an unbroken circle with all the parts
primarily concerned with the part just ahead. When all our needs are met, we have joy. When we
meet the needs of others, we have peace. No other kind of arrangement between us can work
satisfactorily. When we are focused on ourselves, we seek to receive rather than to give. This
arrangement creates the opposite of harmony--disorder--and results in pain and turmoil. When
everyone is seeking to receive something for himself, the result is that no one receives anything. No
needs are met.
Only truth can be acted out. Only truth reveals true meanings and true values. Thus, if we are to
receive comfort and joy from truth, we must fall whole heartedly in love with truth. We must be
persistent in eradicating error from our spiritual lives. Error in our spiritual lives causes
disappointment with its aftermath of pain and sorrow. It is obvious that when we have suffered
spiritual disappointment, a course adjustment is required either in the act of our will or a change in
the attitude of our will.
Since the bestowal of Jesus, the Son of God, we have been enshrouded with the Spirit of Truth. This
spirit unfailingly points our souls in the direction of the right and proper way to proceed in our moral
and spiritual affairs, always pointing our souls towards divine goodness, and divine goodness always
point our souls towards divine truth, while divine beauty unites the two. Divine goodness consists
of love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness, while divine truth consists in acting in harmony with the
highest ideals of divine goodness.
Truth is always constant, but flexible and alive; its comprehension is always progressive. The degree
of truth perceived depends upon our moral and spiritual status, the degree of our dedication to doing
the Father's will.
This concludes today's message on the comforting truth. 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.