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 spiritual beauty of human suffering.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Spiritual Beauty of Human Suffering
"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us." Psalms, Chapter 90, Verse 17.
We have ridden the back of our fears,
And washed in the sea of our tears.
Brothers and sisters, at first inspection, human suffering appears to be a disaster. But closer
inspection reveals a greater truth. Human suffering when prolonged drives one to the borders of
despair. This despair causes us to reach out to God with supreme effort, to achieve that sublime faith
consciousness of the Heavenly Father. This faith, having been created out of the cries and woes of
suffering human beings who have nowhere else to turn for comfort and help, soon lifts the sufferer
out of himself and transports him into the realm of divine love.
Divine love soon vanquishes the fear of being spiritually alone and isolated. This love fills the
sufferer's soul with hope and gives her a new set of dreams and goals that are not constricted by
mortal limitations. The sufferer soon transcends herself and goes on to taste the delights of spiritual
reality. Relationships take on a new meaning and exude a new value as the sufferer begins to
experience the exquisite pleasure of knowing the Father's character. The revelations of the Father's
character to the sufferer are so pure and undiluted that those beholding her are astounded by the love
and mercy she exhibits. When a person who suffers ministers to a fellow who also suffers, the
empathy and compassion generated reach supreme levels and strike harmonious chords in the realms
of true beauty.
The beauty of human suffering becomes apparent when the human sufferer learns that the spiritual
power she needs only becomes available as she bestows this power on someone else. When she
ministers to someone else, she ministers to herself. The Father's love and the Son's mercy are best
perceived and appreciated when they are revealed to someone else. The dedication to serving other
selves removes friction from the ego. The self no longer has to spend the wear and tear upon itself
as it tries to get what it wants from other selves, while at the same time ducking and dodging the
needs of others. Resolving this emotional conflict produces a tranquil spirit, as the human sufferer
surrenders to a reality greater than the temporal reality of mere human suffering.
The human sufferer learns that the only way to eternalize and spiritualize human values and
meanings is to elevate them to the level of divine dignity by allowing these values to flow through
her. Until this happens, the human sufferer has only the power of self with which to battle the
isolation of space and the duration of time. But when she essays to help a brother or sister, she has
the full power of the heavenly Father since it is the Father's will that she serve her brothers and
sisters unselfishly. In doing so she serves herself with delightful sprinkles of spiritual values and
meanings as they shower down upon her in the process of showering some other brother or sister.
And this observation of a weak and defenseless self ministering the strong and undefeatable power
of the Father's love and the Son's mercy is beauty.
Having her present material realities curtailed provide the stimulus to more fully appreciate spiritual
realities. And as human suffering continues, the awareness and appreciation of spiritual values and
meanings increase and, consequently, the human sufferer becomes filled with gratitude. She becomes
grateful and very thankful. The human sufferer finally reaches that state of attitude where she
appreciates the pure beauty of being a channel for the Father's love and mercy to flow through her
to her brothers and sisters. She derives her greatest joy from appreciating the Father's activities
flowing through her, whether her fellows respond or not. This state ushers her into the chamber of
true worship, where the elevating practice of worship unifies her soul and reflects the pure spiritual
tones of spiritual beauty. Worship for the human sufferer becomes the purest pleasure known and
the joy of her soul is self evident, enshrouding the whole self.
Faith reaches high
Pushed by sighs.
This concludes today's message on understanding the spiritual beauty of human suffering. 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