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Tough Love Oct 09 2010


"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;" - Matthew 10:37

If Jesus has ever made a scary statement, one that causes me to examine my heart to its very core, it has to be Matthew 10:37. Read the scripture referenced above again. Now that is a stunning statement, one that challenges me to fully comprehend. That is because I love my wife. I love my children. I love my grandchildren and parents and siblings. I even love my in-laws. Because of my deep love for my family, Jesus' statement makes me very uncomfortable. In fact, it terrifies me.

Similar to God's statement to Abraham, Jesus is saying that when it comes to our family members, Christ must be in first place, or else He will be in no place at all when it comes to our lives. As hard as that is to take in, Christ wants to make it clear that if we want to follow Christ, He must be first. The fact is that if we love anyone (or anything) more than Jesus, we are not worthy of Him. And if that's not tough enough, He goes on and says that we must love Him more than we love our own life itself. Jesus sets up high expectations for His followers. Am I willing to meet His expectations? I am, as tough as it is.

How about you?

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I have a rather simple take on this: I love my wife and children more than any other people on earth. But, they and I will all die. I love Jesus, among other reasons, because he will never die and he promised all the believers that they never will either. As long as we all put our trust and love in him above all else, we are all going to see the Father and live with the Son for eternity. Now that's love you can hardly comprehend!

 
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I love my family unconditionally but GOD is always first because he is the first one I call upon when I'm in trouble and I'm not ashamed to admit that. I love God with all my heart because I know he will never fail me !

 

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