In these verses (Matthew 10:24-28), the LORD Jesus is saying that it is unhealthy for us to take relationships with people more seriously than our relationship with God. The apostle John talks about those who rejected the LORD Jesus in his day saying: "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God"
http://socialmediabar.com/prmgetssignupsforyou We are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ and His Death, Burial and Resurrection and we must live by FAITH – faith in God and faith in His Word. We have learned that without faith it is impossible to please God. The Apostle Paul Explained it to the Hebrews and to all generations in the following passage of scripture: “Without faith it is impossible to please him - Hebrews 11:6
Who knows what the Apostle Paul actually looked like? It isn't the looks, rather, the courage and commitment he displayed for which I admire him. He had the courage to change his beliefs to conform to the truth of God and he remained committed to the truth, even to a martyr's death.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, or any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD." Romans 8:38-39