This New Birth is brought about by the Divine Love flowing into the souls of men, whereby they receive the very Nature and Substance of the Father, and wherefrom men cease to be the merely created beings, but become the souls of men born into the Divine Reality of God.
As the prayers of the sincere, earnest soul ascend to the Father, that soul becomes opened up to the inflowing of Divine Love. The soul's perceptions enlarge and come more in rapport with the conditions or influence that always accompanies the presence of this Love and, consequently, its entrance into the soul becomes easier, and its reception more perceptible to the soul sense.
As water may become colored by an ingredient foreign to itself and which changes not only its appearance but its qualities, so this Divine Love changes the appearance and qualities of the soul. This change of qualities continues ever thereafter. The natural qualities of the soul - and the Essence of the Love - become One and united. The soul is made altogether different in its constituency from what it was before the inflowing of the Love, but this only to the extent of the Love received.
It is a fact that the regeneration of the human soul is caused more by the quiet meditations of mortals of the truths of the Father and by the silent longings of the soul, than by the emotions that arise from the fervid and persuasive sermons of the preachers and evangelists. These latter may arouse the dead souls to a realization of their need of a reconciliation to God, but not so often do these emotions bring the soul into rapport or unison with the Father, as do the silent meditations of which I speak.
There must be the true soul longings and aspirations for this Love of the Father, and in such cases these longings do not arise from the emotions produced and, especially, where such emotions are the results of fear created by the picturing of an angry and revengeful God. No, in the silence of the home chamber, where the mortal is alone with God and lets his longings go to the Father for the bestowal of His Love. Because of the Love that the mortal may have for the Father does this Divine Love come in response and regenerating power.