John 12:25 – 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Matthew 10:39 – 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Luke 14:26-27 – 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Wait a minute. If the two most important commandments from Jesus have to do with love where does the hate come in?
Matthew 22:37-39 – 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
The Lord doesn’t want you to hate anyone and “no” there is not a contradiction here. The Lord doesn’t want you to put anything or anyone else in front of Him. That includes you.
We get in the way of the Lord when it comes to Him working through us. People who love themselves more than God, don’t have room or time to do the things God wants him to do. He has in mind those things that he wants to do for himself.
Simply put, we need to die to ourselves so He may be able to live and work though us.
Jesus not only is God, but He is man. He revealed how we are supposed to submit to the Father and live. If Jesus is our example while on earth, where was his big house? Where’s the big boat? Where’s the vacation home and retirement accounts?
What about Paul and the Disciples when they were living right for the Lord and spreading the Good News? They gave it all up for the Lord and the future Kingdom.
We don’t have to hate anybody or our life in reality, because God is Love. We do need to make him first and not let anything or anybody hinder that.