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 will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the truth of the Father's
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Truth of the Father's Love
"Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the Father,
but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; And from henceforth
ye know him, and have seen him.'" John, Chapter 14, Verses 6 and 7.
Brothers and sisters, if we have seen Jesus then we have seen the Father. The Father and Jesus are
one. Jesus reveals the Father to our hungry souls. But this revelation is a dynamic and experiencing
one. Our relationship with the Father is constantly changing, demonstrating the growth of our souls
and its capacity to experience more and more of our heavenly Father. Therefore this relationship (the
experience of truth) is not experienced apart from living, and neither do our souls grow except by
experiencing truth. When we first submitted our wills to the Father's will, we established the two-
way relationship and began to enjoy the bread of life and the living waters, thus satisfying our hunger
for divine righteousness and thirst for truth. When we eat of the bread of life and drink of the living
waters of truth, we grow in the knowledge of truth, which is our relationship with the Heavenly
Father through his son, Jesus. In this way our souls grow.
Just as our souls require spiritual food and drink, they also need spiritual exercise to make
satisfactory development. The soul unfailingly manifests a hunger for righteousness and a thirst for
truth. Our spiritual hunger and thirst may be satisfied by communing with the spirit Father who gives
righteousness and truth through his son, Jesus. Without sufficient exercise, the soul becomes fat and
lazy, becomes spiritually proud. Too little spiritual food starves the soul and causes it to become
anemic and eventually to perish. Without prayer and worship, our souls wither on the spiritual vine.
Through loving service to our brothers and sisters, we exercise our souls and keep them strong and
vibrant, ever sensitive to truth. We avoid the evil of spiritual pride.
Our souls must respond to the urges of truth and righteousness not only through prayer and worship.
They also must respond in loving social service. Our souls must become sensitive to the needs of
others and respond to those needs by giving of ourselves. These activities of loving service are the
by-products of maintaining a true and growing relationship with our heavenly Father. This is not the
self righteous activity of selfishness with its premeditation but the spontaneous recognition of the
spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Truth, in our brothers and sisters imperfectly manifesting itself through
To see the Spirit of Jesus in others is to discern spirit, and this signifies the birth of our souls. The
loving regard for our brothers and sisters signifies the reciprocal fraternization with the spirit of
Jesus. The contact with the spirit of Jesus which is also the Spirit of Truth is the recognition of true
spiritual meanings and values. This recognition brings peace and joy to our souls and further
reinforces the desire for more truth (in reality, enlarged capacity to love more and more of our
brothers and sisters). And like all things that we do, the more we practice them, the more skilled we
become at doing them.
This kind of spiritual exercise coupled with the nourishment of spiritual energy gradually unifies our
material energies in harmony with our spiritual energies so that the material energies, our wills, are
intelligently subordinated to the spiritual energies, the Father's will through the mechanism of mind.
The integration of the spiritual and the material energy, in reality the subordination of our wills to
the Father's will, is reflected in our minds and souls as divine meanings and spiritual values. And as
this integration, this subordination of our wills to the Father's will, continues to perfect itself, higher
and higher divine meanings and spiritual values are revealed in our spiritualizing minds and souls.
And as these spiritual activities increase, our souls grows as is reflected by the increased capacity
to discern truth in meaning and spirit in values, even as the quality of spiritual fruit continues to
This concludes today's message on understanding the truth 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