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 freedom of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Freedom of the Father's Love
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John, Chapter 8, Verse 36.
Brothers and sisters, the truth shall set you free. And this is a true statement even though one's body,
mind, and spirit may be in chains. The chains of physical adversity, intellectual ignorance, or
spiritual blindness all fall before the light of truth. Truth liberates the soul and mind while its
meanings transcend the afflictions of the body. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free." The truth is that God is love, and that we are all his sons and daughters. The Father's love
is the most powerful personality force in existence.
Divine love is eternal and infinite. It is all inclusive and contains all true meanings and values. It is
the satisfaction of all moral experiences. No matter what the situation, divine love reveals the
satisfying meanings and values. Seek and you shall receive the divine meanings and values. Knock
and the door of divine meanings and values shall be opened. Taste and enjoy the pleasure of these
meanings and values.
One who has embraced divine love has truly been set free. One who is spiritually liberated is free
to go wherever the spirit leads, to reveal light wherever there is darkness, truth where there is error,
goodness where there is evil, and love where there is fear. The divine love is unselfish, and seeks to
bestow itself where it is absent. Divine love brings about a self discipline that is truly astonishing
to behold. This love equips the holder to do the Father's work. Such work requires faith, trust,
courage, patience, endurance persistence, longsuffering, gentleness, temperance, meekness, joy and
The more self control one has, and the more spiritualized one's purpose, the freer one is. The goal
of life is spiritual, and the achievement of spiritual goals is always liberating. No one or no thing can
prevent the accomplishment of spiritual goals. Such intangible accomplishments provide the
supreme satisfaction while they contribute immensely to the good of the individual as well as the
group. While it is true that to stand for a spiritual ideal often brings material suffering, it is equally
true that the spiritual ideal will eventually overcome that which stands in its way. In any contest
between the higher and the lower, between good and evil, that which is higher will always dominate.
Water runs from the higher level to a lower lever. The Father's love is from the highest level, even
the infinite, eternal and absolute level, and all who embrace this eternal love become eternal.
There are no barriers to receiving divine love except those barriers imposed upon it by the one whom
the divine love flows through. This love is its own reward. It loves the individual even as he loves
some other brother or sister. This love ever satisfies the ever increasing hunger for truth and thirst
for righteousness. This love is the cure for moral despair, and the passport from self to the eternal
life of divine selflessness.
He who would seek to save his life shall lose it, while he who loses his life shall save it. Selfishness
leads to death while unselfishness leads to eternal life. In the material life, there are two conflicting
forces at work, the force of selfishness, and the force of unselfishness, the material and the spiritual.
The material self seeks to save its life. It is acutely aware of its shortcomings, its limited life. It seeks
to get as much as it can get for itself. The spiritual self is not handicapped by such shortcomings. It
has a consciousness of eternal life. This consciousness is manifested in the conscious mind by the
desire to love unselfishly. The self can choose which consciousness it prefers, the consciousness of
the temporal life or the consciousness of eternal life superimposed on the consciousness of temporal
life. This consciousness of eternal life is a faith consciousness. Though this consciousness of eternal
life grows in the mind of the self, always does it remain a faith consciousness. As long as the soul
lives in the material body, the self remains materially conscious of its material mortality.
But the consciousness of divine love gives reality to the faith consciousness of eternal life. It fills the
soul with faith and hope and causes the self to trust the Father of love with its destiny. This trust in
the Father is disclosed in the ever increasing spiritualizing decisions. There is a distinct attitude of
unselfishness shown in the life of the one who embraces the divine love. There is a conviction that
though one must be subject to the laws of the flesh as long as one lives in the flesh, that one is also
living the eternal life as one increasingly enjoys and comprehends divine meanings and values.
This concludes today's message on the freedom 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