Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hate them?

April 14

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 14:25 – 35

Verse of the Day: Luke 14:26 – “If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Wow, strong words from Jesus. Does He mean I must literally “hate” my parents and family? He is the One who wrote in the Ten Commandments that we are to honor our fathers and mothers. 

What He is telling us is that true discipleship is giving Christ first place in our lives. In Jesus’ day (and in some cultures today even) to follow Jesus results in being rejected, persecuted, or even killed by their family or friends. If a person feared the disapproval and/or rejection by their family, they would never become a follower of Him.

Today, consider if our concerns for how others view us is greater than our desire to follow Him at all costs, do we need to get our hearts right with Him?

Prayer: Holy Spirit search me today. Amen.

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