Matthew 10:37-38 (ESV)
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
In comparison to love for Christ, we hate the people we love.
The implication of this verse is that if our love for God is great and supreme, we are able to love others. I need to tap into a bigger love to love others.
People who love people who are unlovable, when we move beyond the comforts of the relationships we have, when we forgive, reach out to the poor, spend time to disciple people and share the gospel to the lost – it is because we have been first loved by God. God has loved us fully, therefore, we share this love.
That is why don’t be surprised when Christians would start foundations to help the poor, love the needy, provide care, give up their finances to help build schools and churches, when they close down business because it goes again their convictions.
And be surprised with Christians who still compromise their integrity, who continue to worship Jesus to get their idols, who think going to church would add more to the blessings, who would not leave the comforts of life when God tells them to surrender, who cannot leave illicit and unhealthy relationships when it is against the commands of the Lord.
Our love for God is not a duty, it is a delight. It is supreme. it is primary. It is the most important compared to all relationships – in fact if compared to all our love for our family and loved ones it seems like hatred.
We are called to carry the cross. The cross is the symbol of God’s love. It is a reminder for us that we are loved and therefore we love God supremely. Absolute surrender – the only way to live!