Luke 14

Luke 14:14

and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The righteous are those who have been made right with God by receiving, through faith, the free gift of righteousness. See entry for Righteousness.

Luke 14:26

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

Hate. To hate your father and mother means to put God first. “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” (Matt. 10:37) In other words, if you are forced to choose who you will serve, put Jesus first. Jesus alone is to be our Master.

On another occasion Jesus said “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt. 6:24). Jesus is making the same point. You can put God and money in the same position, so choose.

Jesus is hardly telling us to hate people (Matt 5:43–44). He does not want you to hate your parents but to honor them (Matt. 15:4). Nor are we to hate our wives (Eph. 5:28, 33). John who said “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him” (1 John 3:15). Sadly there have been some who justified their hatred of others by telling themselves they were putting God first. But you cannot follow Christ and hate others (1 John 4:20-21).

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