Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em. Which Is It?

Q. I am a bit confused about Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” KJV. And yet we are told to love one another. Cheers I really enjoy your site.

A. The Lord was using a vivid bit of hyperbole here, in effect saying that we must love the Lord so much that by comparison it’s as if we hated those closest to us. We are commanded to love one another, but we must love Him more. Any why not? Which of our friends or family would do for us, even if they could, what the Lord has done?

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