Then, looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
‘Gazing intently’. This word is not used often with Jesus and is the exact same type of look He gave Peter when He first saw Him in the first chapter of John and also the same gaze He used when Peter betrayed Him. He is looking with His mind deep into this young man’s soul and He loves him. The young man is sincere and somehow touches Jesus with his request; yet, Jesus deals very directly with him and the young man goes away sad.
Jesus deals in a painfully direct way with those He loves and longs to save. He will not tiptoe around the truth that is needed to save us. Why do I tiptoe around the truth with those I love? Maybe my love for others is suspect? Maybe I am fearful of rejection? Truly my love is not like the pure love of Jesus Who seeks the benefit of others even when it means discomfort and rejection. Have mercy on me.