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 meaning of the truth of giving.
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The Truth of Giving
Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts, Chapter 20, Verse 35.
Brothers and sisters, this morning we discuss the truth of giving. Jesus has said that it more blessed to give than to receive. He says freely you have received, so freely give. We shall examine the truth of this proposition. This is a spiritual law. And law takes origin in the heavenly Father.
The Father shares all with the Son. Whenever, he personally and absolutely expresses himself, he does so through the Son. In fact the Son is the Word of the Father, the personal expression and revelation of the Father. This sets the stage for other relationships. The Father then through his spirit seeks to express himself through all of his sons, including his mortal sons. And this expression of the Father is love-truth, beauty and goodness.
As these sons allow the Father’s love to flow through them, they experience the transforming power of his love. Thus since the flowing of divine love through the soul, transforms it, it is better to give than to receive. The reception of the Father’s love causes the soul to respond, and begin the process whereby it allows the Father’s love to flow through it. But the reception of the Father’s love can not compare with the transmittal of the Father’s love, because as the soul transmits this love, it also receive it in the process. It is literally bathed as love flows through it.
Love in the soul does not become active until the soul allows it to flow through it. And without the flow of love through the soul, the soul becomes stagnant and anemic. Many souls famish in the presence of the bread of life and living waters because they will not eat nor drink. They don’t feel love; no amount of love showered upon them will make them feel love until they take the next step and submit their will to the Father’s will and begin to allow love to flow through them. The more love we allow to flow through us, the more love we can receive, as the soul’s capacity to receive love is increased.
But something else happens as we allow this love to flow through us. As we engage in these acts of love, we become like this love, like the heavenly Father. And this it is true, whatever we spend our efforts upon, is what we increasingly become like. If we engage in acts of mercy, we become merciful, if we engage in acts of patience, we become patient, if we display tolerance, we become tolerant, if display forbearance, we become filled with the discipline of forbearance. If we display goodness, we become filled with goodness; if we display beauty, we become filled with beauty, and if we display truth we become filled with truth. Thus the reward for allowing the divine values to flow through us is to have those divine values become a part of our souls.
Contrary if we allow our thoughts to become filled with evil thoughts and continually acts on those evil thoughts, then we increasingly become evil in nature, and the same goes for sin and iniquity. It is the law of identification. Whatever we identify with, we become like the object of identification.
And these divine values endow us with a profound sense of satisfaction, a sense of satisfaction that utters transcends the material life, but to give us a feel for the spiritual satisfaction, let us examine a material analogy.
One day a young fellow decided to visit an exclusive restaurant. This restaurant was so exclusive that each diner had his own waitress who was solely dedicated to him. She awaited his slightest desire. And in this restaurant, the waitresses were richly rewarded for their devotion. Plus the young fellow had a table that was optimal for viewing the show that was a part of this exceptional meal.
He sat down, and while he waited, he was served a delicious wine, designed to relax him and stimulate his appetite. And almost on cue the waitress began to unfold the 12 course meal. The atmosphere was perfect; the music was very enhancing of the dinner meal. As he ate, his waitress paid perfect attention to his slightest whim, constantly asking him if everything was okay. He replied, that it was. As the evening wore on, he consumed the 12 course meal, and savored the effects of the wines, he began to feel extremely satisfied, and he communicated this to his waitress. Finally he had completed the 12 course meal, and sat and relaxed and just enjoyed the great sense of satisfaction.
And the spiritual satisfaction is similar. As we make the decision to totally dedicated our will to doing the Father’s will, the more we drink the wine of living waters and feast on the bread of life as we enjoy the 9 course meal of spiritual blessings which are love, goodness, faith, gentleness, temperance, meekness, long suffering, and peace, this satisfaction fills us completely, and leaves us with a warm spiritual glow.
This concludes today's message on understanding meaning of the truth of giving. 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.