Calvary Apostolic Church

Georgetown, Kentucky

A Scale of Love

Posted By on October 26, 2014

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his own father, and mother, and wife and children, and his brothers, and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (LBW)


The introduction to this new scene in Luke is significant in two ways. First, we are reminded immediately that Jesus is on a journey begun in 9:51 and oriented toward Jerusalem. In Jerusalem Jesus anticipates encountering the hostility and violence appropriate to a prophet just as he expects to bring his mission to completion there (cf. 9:31, 51–53).

  Second, Luke observes that “large crowds” join Jesus on the journey. Often in his account, crowds are presented as pools of neutral persons from whom Jesus might draw disciples, many, according to Jesus, will claim to have associated themselves with Jesus’ teaching both at the table and on the road, but their fundamental allegiances will not have been altered. Such persons cannot be identified as disciples.

Jesus is not teaching that we should hate our family. (See rest of this text) Jesus requires that obedience to God must take precedence over all human obligations. Your love for family must pale in consideration of your love for God. That is why a child can say, “We don’t do what people want but what God wants.” Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, . .” (2 Corinthians 6:17) Nothing should be more important than serving God, including family or tradition.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave . . .” That includes the whole population throughout all time. Compare this statement with Paul’s to the Roman Church, “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau I hated.” (Romans 9:13 LBW) How could God love the world with the exception of Esau? The answer is that a comparison must be made. When you say you love God, on a scale of 1-10 how much do you love Him?

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate our enemy;’ 44But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies, (Matthew 5:43-44f. LBW); “‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27b LBW)

If the Lord wanted you to love your enemy it must be plain that He would also want us to love our family. Again, comparisons are made between love and real love with commitment to God. It is time to examine how much we love Him. And, with our love to Him we show that through our treatment of brothers and sisters in the Church.

Within the church, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother, is still in the darkness.” (1 John 2:9 LBW). “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer” (3:15a; cf. 4:20 LBW). In the last days just before the rapture there will be hatred even within the church (Matthew 24:10). These things should not be. These are truly end times. Our love must be to God first, and then all others will be loved also.