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 what it means to pursue the spirit of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Spirit of the Father's Love
"And I will pray to the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth whom the world can not receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you."
John, Chapter 14, Verse 17.
Brothers and sisters, after Jesus left this world he sent his spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to live in our
minds and souls. Now this spirit is given only to those who desire to do the Father's will, for indeed
this Spirit is the teacher of our souls and minds and instructs us in the technique of doing the Father's
will. As we continue to abide by the Father's will, this spirit leads us into the Father's truth, and in
eternity, it will lead us into all truth. This Spirit will be with us forever.
As we follow this Spirit of truth, our relationships with one another begin to change. We move away
from the purely selfish regard of our brothers and sisters to the unselfish regard for them. And unlike
Cain, who when asked where his brother was, replied "Am I my brother's keeper?," we truly become
our brother's keepers. This Spirit of the Father's love causes us to love our brothers and sisters as we
love ourselves, while it steadily elevates our self respect and self esteem so that we love ourselves
more. This occurs because of the identification process. As we strive to do the Father's will, we take
on more of the image of His son, Jesus.
We are empowered with the choice of will. And we must always remember that choosing to do the
Father's will as revealed in His Son, Jesus, is purely a matter of free will choice on our part. The
Father never forces his will upon us. We must freely choose it. But the kind of choices we make
determines our eternal fate. So we must always choose the choice with the highest value. The pursuit
of selfish values lead to selfish decisions, and selfish decisions lead to a godless life with ever-
increasing darkness. Pursuit of self leads to a withdrawing of self rather than an expansion of self.
It leads to a decreasing sense of God consciousness.
Our souls are growing. One day they will be a spiritual value. But in order for that to happen, we
must identify with the source of all values, the heavenly Father, in order to continue to grow towards
our divine destiny of spiritual perfection. The identification of our souls with itself is equivalent to
self consumption. A rose is a beautiful flower, but as long as the petals remain wrapped and drawn
in, the beauty cannot be appreciated. And it is the same with our souls. As long as the petals of
selfishness are folded up, no one can behold the beauty of the soul, for there is no beauty to behold.
In a like manner, we can elect to pursue the Father's will. We do this by submitting to the power of
the Father's love, by the pursuit of divine truth, beauty, and goodness. The Spirit of Truth unfailingly
directs our will to choosing the Father's will when we submit to it. This Spirit of Truth automatically
directs our souls and minds into those paths we can make the greatest contribution to the welfare of
other selves. It constantly encourages us to be unselfishly concerned with the needs of others. This
identification with divine values insures the growth of our souls, and leads to ever increasing
consciousness, even consciousness of the source of all consciousness--God the Father.
But we must have perfection hunger in our souls to follow this Spirit of the Father's love. Only if our
souls are dedicated to doing the Father's will, will we follow the divine leading. In our everyday
experiences, we must not be lukewarm in following the divine leading. We must not allow any other
value, meaning or thing to compete with our desire to do the Father's will.
We must stay on course and not have a parting of the ways when the Spirit of Truth leads us into an
area where we rather not be because of its difficulty. If we do temporarily part from the Father's will,
this kind of on-again off-again pursuit leads to little spiritual progress. It can be compared to
someone taking a trip to a far distant land, and who every five minutes pulls off the road to take a
The pursuit of the divine will must become the most important quest in our lives. As we come to the
crossroads of selfish and unselfish goals, we choose the road that leads to unselfish goals, the road
of the Father's will. And we must continually make these choices in favor of the Father's will. In this
way, we gradually overcome all barriers and obstacles, all meanings, things, values that stand in the
way of our becoming perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of pursuing the Spirit 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.