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 shared many revelations of spiritual truth with me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast we discuss the transcendence of divine love.
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The Transcendence of Love
"Behold what manner of love the Father has for us that we should be called the sons of God." First John, Chapter 3, Verse 1
Brothers and sisters, "Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not vaunt itself, is not puffed up, Love does not behave unseemly, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, does not think evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, hopes for all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.””
We are the beneficiaries of this love, for the record shows that the Father loves us: "Behold what manner of love the Father has for us that we should be called the sons of God."
In our lives, it is often very hard to see this love but our souls experience no difficulty in comprehending it, for the love the Father has for us is the ancestor of all other divine qualities that exists in our souls.
As we live our lives, we experience trials and tribulations, and our minds seek relief. When no relief is evident, we may become skeptical. But we should remember that the Father’’s love is spiritual and applies to that part of our personalities that are destined to survive this life, that will go on to vanquish time and space so that we can one day stand in the worshipful presence of our heavenly Father.
We know that good parents love their children, even though this love cannot alter their material ups and downs. No matter the hardships, good parents love their children and do everything humanely possible to help them. The child eventually comes to recognize and appreciate this affection, especially as she deals with her own trials and tribulations. Love encourages our children to continue on with the struggles of life. As the spiritual life of the child gears up, the child increasingly comes under the influence of the divine love. As he gains experience with the heavenly Father, he increasingly comes to appreciate this divine affection.
Parent’’s love for their children is like the love of the Father for his children. Our love for our children is an anchor, a foundation, for us to experience the more sublime and excellent love of the Father. And we know that the value of the Father’’s love is above and beyond all the unavoidable struggles of life.
The influence of divine love gives rise to hope in the face of insurmountable struggles. This divine love constantly bathes our souls, causing it to declare that ““God is good””. The influence of divine love empowers the soul to be steady and continue on as if "seeing him who is invisible." There are no barriers that can prevent the Father’’s unstoppable affection for us. It’’s like water running down a mountain. No matter the obstacles that confront it, the water soon overcomes them. No barrier is greater than the source of divine love, and that source is the infinite, eternal, and absolute Father in heaven.
The struggles and pain of life are difficult. Throughout all our anxious moments and negative reactions to these ups and downs, the Father’’s divine affection continues to surround and bathe our souls. Throughout all of the sleepless nights and worries of the day, love is there. The night of life may be dark, but the day of life is glorious as the soul bathes in the indescribable light of the Father’’s love. But because the Father’’s love is spiritual, our non-spiritual selves are sometimes sorely tested.
We must learn to believe in the goodness of God in the face of emotional and intellectual disturbances impinging on our minds. This is a paradox; living faith is required to withstand the pitiless winds of loss and change, of struggle and emotional upheaval. Living faith grasps the Father’’s love regardless of the circumstances of life. Living faith helps us maintain our connection with the Father. The soul that rests within the Father is safe from all "hurt and danger."
The transcendence and power of divine love is shown in this utterance of the soul: "Though he slay me, yet will I serve him." And there are many other gallant and heroic acts on behalf of this divine affection. And so under the influence of this divine affection, the soul exhibits the inexplicable poise of tranquility of spirit and divine stability.
When we come to really appreciate the divine affection, we reach that attitude of soul where we become like the Apostle Paul, who said, "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, not things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The love that the Father has for us absolutely transcends everything.
This concludes today's message on understanding the transcendence of 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