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 seek to understand the morality of love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Morality of Love
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your
Father which is in heaven." Matthew, Chapter 5, Verse 16.
Brothers and sisters, the heavenly Father is moral, therefore he requires that we, his children, be
moral. "Ask and you shall receive", "Knock and the door shall be opened." The heavenly Father
gives us the power to carry out those things that He has assigned to us. Assuming responsibility is
an ever progressing state, and so is the revelation of the heavenly Father. Always does the heavenly
Father reveal himself to us in the present, not the future or the past, for there is no future or past with
him. In Him the future and past are one, the everlasting present. Thus it is futile to ask for the
revelation of his spiritual values for the past or the future. Such a request is divinely impossible for
the heavenly Father. As his finite moral experiencing children, we must gradually grow into the
eternity and the infinity of his love, which never changes.
Morality is the hallmark of the potential for us to receive the revelation of the Father. This ability
to discern relative right and wrong in our moral environment is the key to the revelation of the
spiritual values and meanings of the Father. It is right to carry out our moral responsibilities. We are
not saddled with duties and responsibilities just for the pure sake of having something to continually
tie us down. This arrangement is the best way, and therefore the right way for the revelation of the
spiritual Father to us. It is in and through these routine duties and sometimes painful struggles that
the divine meanings and spiritual values are revealed. So as we assume greater and greater moral
responsibilities, so does the revelation of the spiritual Father become greater and greater in our souls.
So, therefore, let it be clear, the first step in the search for the heavenly Father is the dedication to
duty, the carrying out of our moral responsibilities. It is the carrying out of these increasingly
difficult duties that causes us to seek help from the heavenly Father and rightly so. The persistent
seeking of help from the Father in carrying out our responsibilities brings increased strength and
resolve in carrying out these same responsibilities. Jesus says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek,
and lowly in heart: And ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Seeking help from the Father when we fail to carry out our moral responsibilities only brings a
consciousness of guilt, and a series of rationalizations and justifications, followed by the urge to
repent, and pursue one's responsibilities. It is futile for us to pray for peace and joy and relief from
turmoil in our minds and souls when we turn our back upon our moral duties, for that would be
tantamount to rewarding immoral behavior.
The hallmark of morality is "duty" in the unspiritualized mind and "privilege" in the spiritualized
mind. Since those who are not willing to repent and seek forgiveness (assume their moral
responsibilities), they cease to pray on a regular basis, only resorting to prayer when things become
very bad. But this is a vicious cycle and ever leads the moral violater to lower and lower levels of
mind meanings and spiritual values, in effect an unhappy and unproductive life. "The wicked flee
when no one pursues."
But those who pursue a moral life (those who faithfully carry out our responsibilities) are in effect
unconsciously doing the Father's will. This explains the amazing phenomenon of an individual
giving up his physical life in the pursuit of his duties. When we carry out our duties, regardless of
how difficult or painful such duties might be or how physically exhausting or mentally taxing they
might be, we earn the satisfaction of peace of mind, a satisfaction that only results from carrying out
our duties to the fullest extent that we are conscious.
When we consciously decide to do the Father's will, the quality of our work improves. Our duties
are carried out in ever increasing degrees of excellence. In fact, those who pursue the Father's will
no longer perceive their duties as such, but rather as joyous privileges. It may be true that given two
believers with same duties, one may perform at a higher level than another, indicating various levels
of spiritual insight and spiritual growth. But given an unbeliever and a believer, there should be no
contest: the quality of the believer's work should be startling. If an unbeliever should carry out his
duties better than the believer, then the believer should re-evaluate his relationship with the Father.
Something is amiss, for the Father never does shoddy work. The true believer only does that which
he sees the Father do.
The Father reveals himself through quality not quantity. So when we live the Father's will, we have
a constant supply of both power and quality. The perception and the display of quality is a measure
of our spirituality, a measure of our dedication to doing the Father's will. This does not apply to the
perception and display of things/facts--quantity. Quantity--the degree of how much we know or how
much we have--is a reflection of our intellectual and material status, and will vary depending on such
factors as education, inheritance, circumstance, and other factors that may very well be beyond our
control. But we always have control over the way we carry out what we are able to do.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the morality of 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.