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.
Today we will ponder God's justice.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Justice of God
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: As is written, the just
shall live by faith." Romans, Chapter 1, Verse 17.
Brothers and sisters, because we are imperfect, we sometimes injure one another. Physical, moral
and spiritual injuries are done out of our ignorance or done with deliberation. We can injure even
by failing to do something: silence, for example, can be just as deadly as violence. Often, when we
are wronged we look for justice but don't find it. When we injure another, we show no mercy.
Physical injuries involve disturbing the integrity of our bodies. We injure our bodies by overeating,
not eating well, not exercising, or abusing them through one vice or another.
Since we are moral human beings, we know that refusing to do our duty can be a moral injury. When
we choose to carry out our obligations to each other, we choose the good. If not, we choose evil. The
consequences of this choice initiates a series of events that tend to be regressive, necessitating
another decision to rectify the consequences of the first one. If we fail to recognize the initial
mistake, we will choose further evil, creating more disharmony. If not corrected, this downward
progression continues until we lose the ability and power to choose good over evil. This is moral
bankruptcy and is tantamount to moral suicide. Moral bankruptcy disqualifies us from being sons
and daughters of the heavenly Father. We lose the power to choose Him, and we can only choose
that of which we are conscious.
If we consistently choose the lower consciousness of duty instead of the higher, we gradually lose
the higher consciousness. We can only choose God when we are conscious of God. If we destroy that
consciousness, we destroy our soul, which is the part of us that perceives divine love. But because
we are moral, we know when we have not done our duty. We can repent, seek forgiveness, and
We are familiar with spiritual wrongs. When we are born again, we are no longer content to treat our
brothers and sisters the way we want to be treated, but aspire to treat others the way God would,
indeed, the way Jesus would treat them. To recognize this truth takes a leap of faith; we dare to lay
hold of an infinite and eternal goal. We dare to be like God.
When we fail to pursue this intoxicating lure, we are guilty of spiritual injuries and must repent and
seek forgiveness. When we fail to pursue divine love, we find that we lose purpose and satisfaction.
The reward for being a moral being--for choosing good over evil-- is that it creates a spiritual
consciousness of eternal life.
When we fail to pursue divine love, we become moral slaves burdened down with countless duties
and ever increasing despair. Pursuing divine love does not remove our moral responsibilities but
does lessen our burdens so that they are easy to carry. If we fail to consciously love our brothers and
sisters the way the Father loves us, we have violated the Father's law of love and are guilty of sin.
We must seek forgiveness; we have deliberately been disloyal to the Father. We have violated divine
truth, which is the true relationship between us and the heavenly Father.
When and if we perceive we have been wronged spiritually, there are four ways we can respond.
First, we can continue to show love. We then can exercise patience. Next, we can be merciful, and
finally we can forgive. If endless love is rejected, if nameless patience is ignored, mercy shunned,
and eternal forgiveness refused, then does justice emerge.
This concludes today's message on understanding the justice of God. 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