Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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A letter from Brother Billy Highfill.
Hey Brother John:
I was listening to a meeting CD today. On it, you were talking about the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and asked him what he should do in order to inherit eternal life (Mk. 10:17—22). The scripture (v. 21) says that Jesus, beholding him, loved him and told him the thing that he yet needed to do in order to inherit eternal life.
I got to thinking about, not just the fact that Jesus loved him, but how Jesus loved him. Jesus didn’t just merely have feelings of love for him, but put those feelings into action and did what he could to help the man.
Then other scriptures came to my mind. In Titus 2:5, Paul instructed the aged women to teach the young women, among other things, to love their husbands and children. This shows that loving someone is more than just feelings, it’s feelings put into action. Then I remembered James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone”. Now I don’t have a scripture to back it up but it seems to me that love, also, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
After all this I was thinking about all of God’s children out there who we are trying to reach with the truth. That we are trying to love. If a young woman needs instruction on how to love her husband and children, then we probably need instruction on how to love God’s children rightly.
I prayed today that God would teach us how to love His children. I’m sure it will be more than just feelings. It will be feelings in action.
Amen, Billy. But if you learn to love, be prepared to be hated for it. I remember what Paul said to the Galatian believers: “The more I love you, the less I am loved.”
There is a courage that the world does not acknowledge. There is also a truth, a goodness, a virtue, and a love, that the world, and many of God’s children in it, refuse to believe exist. If you walk with Christ in the light that the world calls darkness, be prepared to suffer in a way that the world does not know about.