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 will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the meaning of the sequences of the
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Sequences of the Father's Love
"Even so, it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should
perish, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Matthew, Chapter 18, Verse 14
and John, Chapter 3, Verse 16.
Brothers and sisters, it is the goodness of the Father's love that causes repentance. The heavenly
Father is good even to the sinner. When an evildoer finally comes to the end of the road, when he
finally runs out of self sufficiency, when he finally runs out of power, when the consciousness that
he is lost floods his mind, when the flood tides of despair begin to swallow him up, and when the
raging fire of evil begins to consume him, it is the goodness of the heavenly Father's love that causes
repentance and saves him.
The heavenly Father is so loving, so perfect, so merciful, so forgiving, so loving in His patience, so
merciful in His forgiveness. This goodness causes the evildoer to choose life rather than death. No
punishment, just a rejoicing that the lost son is found. But this acceptance of the Father's goodness
does not change the material consequences of wrongdoing. The Father meets the evildoer where he
is and as he is. The Father uses the very circumstances of the evildoer who has repented to develop
faith and trust.
The consciousness of having hit rock bottom causes the now repentant evildoer to literally cling and
hang onto the Father for dear life. The now redeemed evildoer submerges himself into a religious
environment. He listens to religious music continuously and he prays almost all the time. His
religious life and his material life are not separate. He tries to live a purely religious life, ignoring
the material one. During this stage, he may be considered a religious fanatic by those who do not
understand. The regenerated evildoer submerges himself into the goodness of the heavenly Father's
love because that is now all that he knows. The life that he lived before has been destroyed. He
knows that he is still physically alive and is of necessity forced to live the material life, but the
meanings of this life are beyond his grasp. But if the heavenly Father's love is good, it is also true.
Gradually the staunch believer emerges from this stage, or more precisely the goodness of the
Father's love reveals the truth of his love. The heavenly Father creates all things, so all things in and
of themselves are good. It is the use of these things and the purpose to which they are put that often
constitutes evil. The believer cannot escape the life in the flesh. The material body has to be
maintained. The spiritual nature must develop in and through the material mind.
Self care, self reproduction, and self pleasure are human urges that must be met. The satisfaction of
these urges must be met the right way and for the right purpose. Gradually the truth of life is revealed
to the hungry soul of the believer. While the goodness of the Father's love saves, the truth of His love
liberates. Carrying out the tasks of satisfying the basic urges in the correct and proper way is a time
consuming, routine, and monotonous task for an evildoer; thus he tries to short circuit the whole
process by bypassing the ordained methods for achieving essential goals. But to the believer who
maintains a constant relationship with the heavenly Father--that is, one who remembers to
communicate with Him on a regular basis as opposed to every now and then--these routine tasks
yield spectacular meanings and generate eternal values. This is the revelation of truth, and can only
be known to the person who lives the experience.
Truth frees the mind and the soul of the believer from the shackles of moral slavery and the bondage
of tradition by revealing the true meanings of moral duties and the true values of tradition.
Meaningless duties and worthless traditions are discarded by the liberated believer. Truth is being
revealed in and through daily experience as well as agonizing struggles.
But if the Father's love is true, it is also beautiful. Gradually the truth of the Father's love enlarges
to reveal its beauty. If truth liberates, then beauty unifies the experiences and imparts a consciousness
of satisfaction and pleasure. As the evildoer views the experiences of his life, they appear disjointed
and unrelated. No continuous thread can be found. But when the believer pursues the beauty of the
Father's love, gradually the wholeness of life is revealed. The divergent threads of experiences begin
to converge, and like a zipper are zipped tightly into a meaningful whole. What an amazing display
of divine wisdom. Only the beauty of the Father's love could unify pain and joy, success and
disappointment, sorrow and pleasure into a meaningful value.
The Father is living love. The Father's love unifies our minds, souls and spirits so that they work in
perfect harmony. The Father's love insures growth, progress, and security. Love is the joy of life. It
is the natural high with no undesirable side effects. Goodness, truth, and beauty are united in love.
The pursuit of the heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus, is the pursuit of love. Goodness is
salvaging; truth is liberating; beauty is unifying, but the pursuit of love is the pursuit of all that is and
all the ever could be, for love is the face of the heavenly Father.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the sequences 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.