The Cost of Discipleship
Large crowds were now traveling with Jesus, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.… Luke 14:25-27.
The word 'hate' is pretty strong isn't it. And, we know that this word in today's politically correct world is seen quite negatively. As you check and you should check, in every translation whether NIV, NAS, NLT or KJB, hate is the word we can find.
Many who read Luke like to interpret the word hate to mean abandon. Essentially, though not a synonym, it can be used to better understand the kind of commitment we must make to be a disciple. We can also use the definition found in Webster's as an intense dislike or detest. If we accept that all are sinners before God and all who are not born again are children of Satan, then yes we should dislike and detest those who are not born again in Jesus Christ even if they are family members.
There is another use of the word hate which we can often find used when we want to express a kind of great regret. For example, when we cannot help someone out when they need us. I hate to tell you but I am stuck in the office that day. Or, I hate to say it but that is a difficult situation he/she is in. I hate to be the one to tell you, I hate to have to do this but in the end you will thank me.
And, here perhaps in the last version of 'hate' used as a phrasal verb or even idiomatically, we may find the best answer. We hate to have to take a stand when we know that it means standing alone. It is when we get to a point of 'tough' love that we find true love. That is the cost of discipleship... getting to the point of truly being in love with God, Jesus Christ!
It does not require us to purge people from our lives, or to abandon
them or to hate them but to show them who we love the most; first and
foremost! Show your family, neighbors and children the true source of your identity - a child of God. Show them who your go to is, the sovereign truth and the light of the world Jesus Christ.
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind and with all your strength" ~ Mark 12:30.
"... If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If
you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world
hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out
of the world" ~ John 15:17-19.
Have a Blessed Easter!