“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even life itself—such a person cannot be my disciple. ~ Jesus – Luke 14:26
Yeah, it sounds harsh. But could the greater implications of the verse entail that Jesus knows that we are likely to allow these people to become the center of our worlds? And if we make them to be the center of our worlds that they will be, in turn, a strange form of a god to us. He tells us to hate others so that the wondrous God of all creation can be the center of our all. And when God is central to our lives we are able to share our lives with others in a healthy and balanced way.
Having another person be god to you is bondage. This verse holds the key to your freedom. Use it to unlock yourself then those you love will have the option of freedom as well.
Yeah, this verse is hard. But it’s true.