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 ponder the logic of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Logic of the Father's Love
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Proverbs, Chapter 14, Verse 12.
Brothers and sisters, we must determine once and for all whether we desire to be a material creature
with a fixed life span, where after death our lives we cease to be or whether we desire to be an
increasingly spiritual creature with no limits upon our life, experiencing ever increasing
consciousness. We make this decision not by what we say, but rather by what we are determined to
be--this then determines what we do.
It is better to give than to receive. This spiritual statement is the secret to obtaining true spiritual
levels of attainment. To see why this is true, let us consider the opposite position: it is better to
receive than to give. To receive does not yield the true meaning nor the true value of the thing
received. This is demonstrated by our inability to be satisfied when we constantly receive. To
constantly receive is a selfish state. Selfishness by its very nature tends to reduce consciousness, and
that includes consciousness of spiritual meanings and values. It is like someone reading a book in
a language he does not comprehend. No matter how much he reads, it does nothing to increase the
meaning of the book. Since this practice does nothing for us, it has no value.
We see this example again illustrated in an individual who in spite of being loved by all declares that
he is not. In fact no matter how much he is loved, he still feels unloved. This clearly demonstrates
the inability of the individual to comprehend the meanings and values of love, and the same principle
applies with patience, mercy, and forgiveness. No matter how much love, patience, mercy, and
forgiveness is shown to an individual, never will that individual comprehend the meanings and
values of these qualities as long as he remains selfish. In order to comprehend the meanings and
values of these qualities, he must show them to others. And even though he cries ever and anon that
he had no love to give, he must give love in spite of his selfish feelings.
Brothers and sisters, true love is from the Father and so is every good spiritual gift, for the Father
is the source of all. None of us have divine love to give in and of ourselves, but by faith we allow
love to flow through us. The very love that we give others is the very thing that we give ourselves.
This is so because the love that we give comes from the very center of our being, the location of the
Father's spirit. As this love flows from our center, it basks our entire being. If we give love, we
receive love, not necessarily from the person that we are giving it to, but from the source of love--the
heavenly Father. If we show patience, then we receive the same. If we show mercy, we receive
mercy, and if we show forgiveness, we receive that as well.
Brothers and sisters, in this partially spiritualized world, often times trying to display divine qualities
appears to be a thankless task. Know that in addition to receiving divine goodness for our spiritual
labors, we also receive the Father's gratitude. The Father demonstrates his gratitude by re-creating
us spiritually: our souls are created for the eventual transfer of our consciousness after this material
life ends. This soul--subject to the Father's will--lives on and on without end. Only by giving can
spiritual power transform us. Each act of unselfishness spiritualizes us just a little bit more. Every
time we give unselfishly, we acquire a new meaning and value of that which we gave.
The Father is the unselfish source of all life and spirit, and as we allow this life and spirit to flow
though us, we receive the same. If or when we refuse to allow this life and spirit to flow through us,
we cut ourselves off from the source of life and become a transient reality in the universe. Such a one
has chosen to remain a material creature with its limited endowment of life. Such a person is filled
with fear, and as he displays this fear, he receives this fear. When he shows anger, he receives anger;
when he causes turmoil, he receives turmoil. And when one shows disrespect for others, it is because
he is lacking respect for himself.
Even in the our prayer life, purely selfish praying does not yield a consciousness of comfort and
peace. These qualities are to be had only by praying for others, which equips and motivates us to
respond to the needs of others. Our responses to others liberate qualities that we desire to possess.
And as this process continues, we become more spiritual and comprehend more of the ever
increasing revelations of truth, beauty, and goodness of the Father's love, which is the evidence of
our born-again souls that reside in our material minds.
This concludes today's message on the logic 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.