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 given many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the thread of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Thread of the Father's Love
Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John, Chapter 14, Verse 18.
Brothers and sisters, the soul looks back and wonders how it got over. Throughout the mortal life,
it has been struggling with one sort of problem after another, some of them apparently unsolvable.
But that which is impossible with man is possible with God. The Father does all things equally well.
The Father's love is like a thread that runs through the entirety of mortal life. It is a guide, a rope by
which the blind soul follows. As long as the soul holds on to this rope, it journeys safely onward
toward its ultimate destiny. As the soul looks back over its development, there is one uppermost
thought: God is so good.
The Father knows each of His children; He knows their temperament. He knows what kind of
training is needed to develop each of them into what they should be: A soul unqualifiedly dedicated
and consecrated to doing His will. Each child born into the world represents the potential of a certain
fact-value and embodies a certain meaning. Each experience that the child undergoes prepares the
child for a greater experience. Stated another way, the preceding responsibility makes it possible for
the child to assume even greater responsibility. Truth experienced in the present makes it possible
to experience greater truth in the future.
But because the soul is created imperfect, it often mis-chooses. This mis-choosing is evil. It arises
out of the fact that the immature soul is not able to respond perfectly to the Father's leading. Evil then
becomes a measure of immaturity. And since souls exist in various levels of immaturity, the concept
of tolerance arises. Essential to the concept of tolerance is the recognition of maturity, that is
recognition of relative maturity in one's self and relative immaturity in others. In the case where
mutual maturity coexists, tolerance is only potential since harmony prevails. Thus, tolerance is a
substitute for harmony.
The inappropriateness of goal selection or inappropriate means to achieve a particular goal--or both--
is evil. But the very experience of evil makes it possible for the Father to instruct His child and
impart greater wisdom. Each evil experience brings about disappointment and dissatisfaction. This
disagreeable state stimulates the child to reflect, and out of this reflection comes wiser choosing. In
this way as the child experiences, he is brought into closer harmony with the Father's will. Eventually
the child reaches the apex of the triangle of experience where he becomes one with the Father's will.
What a marvelous technique. Who but the Father could use evil to perfect His children? What a
delightful demonstration of the great spiritual law, that all things work together for good for those
who love God. The Father is ever leading all those who are true of heart into the delights of true
worship and the satisfaction of true sonship. The Father is in the process of developing a profound
and sublime trust and faith within His children.
The circumstances of life provide excellent material by which the Father accomplishes this faith-
trust. Time and again the soul is confronted with what appears to be an impossible situation. Time
and again, the soul is surrounded by a temporal wall of pain, sorrow and disappointment. Time and
again this wall appears to impinge on the soul. Only prayer prevents the wall from completely
converging on the soul. But time and again, somehow, someway, the soul emerges from these
experiences not only intact but stronger. These experiences gradually develop faith-trust (knowledge)
in the soul.
The Father is ever trying to get the soul to look at reality from the eternal point of view. From this
view, it can be seen that the walls of pain, sorrow, and disappointment have given way to the endless
elliptical plane of pleasure, joy, and success. While prayer is sustaining in the struggle against
temporal realities, only worship discloses the eternal viewpoint. Only worship has the power to make
the soul like the object of worship. Since the Father is eternal, the worship of the Father makes the
soul eternal, also providing the eternal point of view. Prayer reveals the truth, beauty, and goodness
out of a particular moral struggle, but worship makes one true, beautiful, and good.
This concludes today's message on understanding the thread 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.