44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that only comes from God? [From the Word of the Lord within: "Look not for the approval of men. Those who seek the honor of men will know no other."]
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Look not for the approval of men. Those who seek the honor of men will know no other."]
34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not came to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law.
37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.2
38 He who does not take his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me. [To follow after Him is to expose yourself to the Lord's commands and then obey Him; to obey all of his commands, you must love the Lord more than you love your family; so, despite their opposition, you obey his commands — that is following Him. To follow Christ you must sit in humble silence to wait on Him as you listen for Him to speak to you from his word within your heart; when you hear Him, then you must obey Him. Self-denial occurs by obeying the Lord's commands heard instead of your will, (His will, not your will); this is the cross — the inward cross of self-denial.]
|Luke 14:26 |
26 "If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.3 [You must value the approval of the Lord far more than the approval of your family that will likely strongly oppose your obedience to some of the Lord's commands to you. You must mourn your compulsive anger, lust, emotions, and selfishness enough to hunger to be different: at peace, able to truly love, virtuous, without anger, without lust, and pleasing to your creator; if you don't hate your life, you don't have the motivation to bear the inward cross of self-denial.]