Popularity and Principle

[Of Special Interest to Young Men and Women]

Christ Jesus had few friends. Even those who loved and understood him best, his disciples, forsook him when they feared association with his unpopular teachings. Yet Jesus was the most powerful man who ever lived. The influence for good he demonstrated revolutionizes human lives today, centuries after his earthly career.

Jesus knew and acknowledged God to be the source of his healing power. Explaining his authority, he said (John 8:29), "He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." The Master sought to please God, not people.

Being popular and having many friends seem important and constant goals in the lives of many today. At times a desire for popularity causes an individual to abandon good ideals and high standards. Then his judgment of what is important may be made only on a basis of attractive appearance, position, money, or the opinions of others.

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The Light Shineth in Darkness
October 9, 1965

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