Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, - Mark 10:21
Here is a detail that the other gospel writers omit in this encounter with the rich young ruler.
Jesus brought him to the place where he was supposed to see his need, but the young man missed it. This did not anger Jesus, nor did it frustrate Him.
If you remember Jesus drew him to the law, and the young man, rather than hearing the conviction of the law, seemed to be strengthened in his self-righteousness by it.
I suppose that as a man of means, the preachers of his day may have coddled him, and appreciated his covetousness, since it no doubt helped their ministries. They were not about to advise him to sell the ‘stuff’ that held his heart, and kept him out of the kingdom.
No, they used the truth unrighteously to bolster the ego of this young man, keeping him bound.
As far as he was concerned – the law was not his problem.
But Jesus loved him.
Jesus loved the man while others loved his money.
Jesus loved this sinner while others used him to gain influence.
Jesus’ desire was to see him free from the slavery of wealth while others strove to keep that prison shut up tight.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Love of every love the best