Greetings and good morning 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 relationship between love and mercy.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Relationship between Love and Mercy
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
eternal life." Jude, Chapter 1, Verse 21.
Brothers and sisters, today we consider the divine qualities of love and mercy. As human beings, we
live paradoxically. The paradox is that we are subject to material laws governing material reality, yet
are also subject to the spiritual laws governing spiritual reality. We are not only conscious but also
self conscious. We are aware that we are aware of what is happening to us in the material life. This
self awareness takes on significant aspects as we traverse down the road of life and enter the last
phase of our material existence. At this stage our awareness of mortality begins to slip beyond our
power of denial. For sometime we have witnessed the passing of our friends and family members,
some of whom were much younger than we. As we continue to live, we see even more death. We
know that one day, soon perhaps, someone will be reading our name in the obituary pages.
This awareness fills our minds and souls with not a little anxiety, even depression. We have lived
this life with its varying vicissitudes, and our material minds are just about to render judgment upon
it. But all this time there has been another force that has been at work in the more spiritual phases
of our lives. This force gives us a sense of faith, and hope, even joy and peace as we contemplate the
desire for immortality. We hope that our values and meanings, our memories, will somehow survive.
We have gradually become aware of another dimension of life, a life of increasing reality in our inner
being. This new consciousness does not fear the end of mortal life, nor does it fear the loss of its
worthwhile values and meanings, its memories. Indeed, this new dimension of our selves shouts that
nothing of spiritual value is ever lost. This new dimension of life looks forward to the newer aspects
of life which our faith has grasped and will not let go of even in the face of the insult of mortal death.
This new aspect of life awareness overshadows and antidotes the fear of being a transient reality in
the universe. This new awareness of life fills us with love and mercy.
We have gradually faith-grasped the reality that this new awareness is the heavenly Father, the
fearless divine presence activating our souls. When the soul thinks about translation, it has no
consciousness of mortality, only immortality. It looks forward to being released from its
incarceration in the mortal mind where it can further develop and continue on with its search to find
the Father through the Son, whose spiritual attributes of love and mercy have filled our souls and
whose divine spirit has inspired us and filled us with faith and truth. Contrasted with material
awareness, the new self is filled with hope. This hope infiltrates every aspect of the material life,
always pointing the consciousness to a better day where the limitations and handicaps of the flesh
will be no more.
The new awareness and new value system along with this enthusiasm for life is the revelation of the
Father's love. This love imparts new values of courage and faith to the soul along with an uplifting
and inspiring hope. This love sustains and indeed stimulates growth in the very face of material
challenges. This love also reveals truth to the soul, positively demonstrating the reality of eternal
relationships. The recognition of this love literally provides a foundation for the soul when all else
around it fails. This revelation of the Father's love is mercy. Mercy is the revelation of truth that
provides the faith basis for the continuing trust in the heavenly Father. Mercy rescues the
consciousness from despair, from the negative qualities associated with impending material doom.
Mercy is applied love. This mercy truly rescues the self from itself, and launches it on the sea of
liberated truth where it will continue to sail until it finally reaches that far distant destination:
Paradise-the home of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
This concludes today's message on understanding the relationship between love and mercy. 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.