Sometimes scripture can be confusing when first read and without the proper teaching to explain the verse in it’s correct context. Luke 14:26 is one of those verses that some Christians get confused about, especially new Christians. But when read in the correct context it is then better understood and correlates correctly with other passages.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 NKJV
In this verse we read that we should hate our family members and even our own selves in order to live for Christ and be His disciple. Now at first glance this verse does not make much sense and does not add up with the rest of scripture. Every where else in scripture we read that Jesus wants us to love everyone and treat everyone with kindness, so how does this verse add up?
The word hate in this passage is the Greek word “miseo,” which means to hate, but can also mean to love less. Now when applied to the verse you can then read it as, “If anyone comes to Me and does not love his family and his own self less than Me, he cannot be my disciple.”
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The following verse correlates with this by stating, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus is simply stating that we should set Him first in our lives, not others or ourselves. As much as we do love our families and friends, we must always set the Lord as God in our life and give Him the most love.
We should deny ourselves and our own desires and following completely after Him while holding nothing back. This my fellow family member in Christ is what Jesus meant within this verse. Let’s give God our all and love Him more than anything while everything and everyone else follows behind Him in love and unity. God bless!