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Explain Matthew 10:37

In Matthew 10:37 we find this scripture," He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." What is your understanding of this scripture?

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I think it's a very simple statement. If you have ungodly parents who send you out to steal, but you, being a Christian know it's sin, and choose to obey God over your parents, then you are showing you love God more than man.

If the Trump Children were real Christians, they would not lie for Donald, or excuse his lying, or cover his lying, now indangering our country. Their love for God would overrule and walk away from daddy. So Laura Trump is a phony Bologna generic Christian , who's bad company with the Falwell's worldly sinful lifestyle , didn't even bat an eye, is an example of loving man and this world more than God.
---kathr4453 on 11/22/20


The last comments here were from 2010, but people made some valid points.

One of the Ten Commandments says we should honor father and mother. However, in Matthew 10, Jesus said the would bring discord, setting people against those in their own household.

Why? Jesus said he is the truth, but unfortunately, many people can't abide truth. He had much opposition when he was here - many people hated him so much, they had him executed.

It is the same in every age. Many (even ones who call themselves Christians) love their own particular habits and beliefs, and get enraged whenever anyone actually confronts them with the ACTUAL gospel or ACTUAL Christian living. Such strife can tear family and friendships apart.
---StrongAxe on 11/22/20

This is unbelievable cant quite understand this horrible verse
---Mary on 11/22/20

....Again, this shows the stupidity of men and the ignorance they embrace for sake of personal reward in an imaginary destination. On top of that we inject this venom in our children. Shame on you and the Gods that humans have created.
---Andrelli on 10/7/10

Perhaps you are not being honest or looking at one side of the picture.

Would you join your family in murdering someone? Would you join your family robbing, raping etc, etc, etc?
Probably not...even though I don't know you. You might let them choose their own destiny...this path.... CHOOSING yourself what is morally right.
Perhaps you could be a christian and not realize it....or perhaps you would choose death....dishonor....shame...punishment?
---Trav on 10/14/10

Matthew 10:37 must be read context from verses 34 to 39.

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
---christan on 10/11/10

Children must love their parents, and parents must love their children, but if they love their children to the extent of being drawn away from Christ, then you are in a mess of trouble....As we must not be deterred from Christ by the hatred of our relations, so we must not be drawn from Him, by their love....And is the devil ever so cunning and sneaky in this. Now this...Don't think that I have come to bring peace to this earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. So, so much on this peace thing [Matt. 10:37].
---catherine on 10/11/10

Jesus is referring to a future time on earth where loyalties will challenged.

A time will come in the future the where there will be a beastly New World Order over all of mankind on earth. It will misled all of the earth.

Members within ones own household will be loyal to it. Some watchful and faithful followers of Christ will not.

Their own family members will use the "family thing" to encourage them to worship this beast and its image. Who will you have greater affection for?
---R._Jerome_Harris on 10/10/10

On top of that we inject this venom in our children. Shame on you and the Gods that humans have created.

each belief has its OWN poison ...the ego always plays mighty games on those who choose to BELIEVE they are greater than a Divine creator

by taking one verse and BELIEVING it to be poisonous shows how closed minded you really are when you have not taken all the other verses to create an understanding

imagine if your child had more to tell you in their defense of a wrong doing and you ONLY listened to the first sentence - what a shame
---Rhonda on 10/8/10

God first, then your spouse, kids and family. God is the Alpha Omega the beginning and the End.
---Lady_V on 10/8/10

If I am going to put God in front of my daughter or son, or my mother or father...If I am going to love God more than my son or daughter and that he or she is forcing me to love Him or Her more than my mother, father, son or daughter, than it shows how selfish humans are to place God first and betray their children and parents for the sake of earning Gods love and to be worthy enough for Heaven. Again, this shows the stupidity of men and the ignorance they embrace for the sake of personal reward in an imaginary destination. On top of that we inject this venom in our children. Shame on you and the Gods that humans have created.
---Andrelli on 10/7/10

In order that He may make a man blessed and happy, the
Lord wills a total submission, that is, that he be not partly his own
and partly the Lords, for then there are two lords, which no one
can serve at the same time (Matt. 6:24). Total submission is also
meant by the Lords words in Matthew:
He that loveth father and mother more than Me is not worthy of
Me, and he that loveth son and daughter more than Me is not worthy of
Me (Matt. 10:37),
where by father and mother are signified in general those things
which are mans own from inheritance, and by son and daughter
those things which are his own from actual life.
---simon on 8/18/10

Many times I Have had bible studies with individuals who understand that what I am teaching is 100% truth and biblical, and I have had some people say to me, I know this is true, BUT the church I am going to is where my mother and father goes, or I was brought up in that church by my Mother.

If your choice is to stick to the teaching of your father and mother, rather than the truth of God, you are not worthy of the kingdom of God.
---francis on 8/19/10

It simply means to put God first.
---catherine on 8/18/10

Exactly what it says. God created you, your parents nor your children did not create you, therefore you owe God all your thanksgiving and worship, and not your parents nor your children. If your parent or your child chooses to become antiGod and antiChrist and the servant of evil, and you are left with a choice honor the evil-doer or honor God, you ought to honor God who commands all flesh to do good.
---Eloy on 8/18/10

This does not mean you do not love your family. Belief and love of God first will result in you being a better person and your saving grace, which is better for your family in the long run. By being a Christian first, you are providing for loving the family most.
---dallas on 8/18/10

Do you love God more than your family? When a family member gets a calling from God, will you hold them or yourself back and be disobedient. Or will you be obedient and love God more and let them or you complete the calling of God on their or your life.
---Paul on 3/16/08

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I believe it means that God should always be first in your life as a believer.
---Cynthia on 7/27/07

Total committment must be to God more than anyone
---oswald on 7/20/07

Christine-Good explanations...

Family and relations are very snesitive parts of our lives and often compete with our love of God & His percepts.

What come may I will live for Him who gave His life for me.

Today - I was supposed to fill a US visa application for a sister-in-law with some misrepresentation of facts. Was so tough for me but decided and told not to be part of lie. Looks hurting relations but I had to...
---Ephre3798 on 6/21/07

1. It means, if you are saved and living for Jesus Christ and your mother or father are not, if they pressure you to do anything that is not of the word and will of God, you are to follow God and not them.
---Christine on 6/20/07

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2. If a believer in Christ has a daughter/son, who reject Jesus Christ, and they live for the world, a believer must follow God, and not him/her. A child of God cannot back them in anything that God considers sin. A child of God must follow Jesus Christ, if not, then he/she will not be worthy to enter into the kingdom of heaven. A believer in Christ must love Jesus more than mother, father, children... anyone, anything.
---Christine on 6/20/07

3. Jesus stated in Matthew 10:34-36 "Think not that I have come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace but a sword."

"For I am come to set a man at variance with his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."

"And a man's foes shall be they of his own house hold."
---Christine on 6/20/07

4. These scriptures precede the scripture mentioned in the posted blog.

We can still love and pray for our family, but when all is said and done... Jesus Christ must come first.
---Christine on 6/20/07

5. Christ Will Reward Sacrifice
Luke 18:28-30

28 Then Peter said , Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
29 And He (Jesus) said unto them , Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
---Christine on 6/20/07

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Lk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Your love for Jesus must be so great that your love for your family, will tend to look like hate when compared.

Extreme example: If you must choose who is to be executed: your family, yourself, or Christ, choose to execute your family or yourself, or forfeit discipleship.
---a_servant on 6/13/07

You have to put God above family in priority. In the life of a Christian the priority must look like this. 1. God 2. Spouse(if married) 2. Familiy 3. Career 4. Ministry (what you do in the church)
---Nathan on 6/4/07

My study Bible says this regarding Matthew 10:37 - "Christ calls us to a higher mission than to find comfort and tranquility in this life. Love of family is a law of God, but even this love can be self-serving and used as an excuse not to serve God or do His work."
---LL on 5/23/07

There is always confusion in children that are told to one thing and then watch their parents do the other. Yet Parents are very much loved/obeyed more than God/Christ. Christ said he has set every one against each other.
Christ is the greater example and we are to learn to love him First. Our understanding comes from being obedient to his word and in so we learn how to understand/obey our parents without distraction. Our walk is to be Christlike regardless.
---Carla5754 on 5/22/07

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It great that you have bought this scripture to light because there are so many lessons to learn from it.

Those whom have troubling mother inlaws maybe they are not operating love towards Christ and the the love for their husbands is compromised. like wise men towards their fathers or daughter against her mothers.
---Carla5754 on 5/22/07

I believe the Holy Spirit is saying if we compromise our love for Christ you WILL have a troubled household, How many of us can identify with these issues?, or see why things absolutely go wrong sometimes even when we serve God, and expect our Children, family/inlaws to see our example of Christ and follow? but instead there is division. Is it because we show respect to our loved ones and not fully understand and LOVE the Lord/word first? I guess it IS!
---Carla5754 on 5/22/07

thank you for this one it's been a blessing to me this morning. Again through the word/God speaks and I need this.
---Carla5754 on 5/22/07

Okey, I am going to simplfy this scripture. We must not be drawn from God, by relations love. We must serve God first and formost.
---catherine on 5/21/07

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Jesus stated 2 commandments which were to Love God with all our hearts,minds,souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves. To be worthy of Jesus we must put nothing before him and be willing to give up everything of the world that He asks of us. We are to Love Him as #1 as he is our sacrifice/creator/Lord/husband and EVERYTHING. To love the world is adultry/idolatry. To know His love is to return His love and love others. It is natrual to love him first . God is Love. Blessings
---jody on 5/21/07

We owe everything good in our lives to God because every good thing can be traced back either directly or indirectly to something God did. You might have to go all the way back to the creation event in order to justify such a claim, but it is true. Also - you can't be a servant of two masters; you will either hate the one and love the other or love the one and hate the other. So basically - who is your master? Your father, mother, brother, sister... or your Creator?
---Anthony on 5/20/07

A marksman knows to keep your eye on the target. An athlete knows to concentrate on the goal. A batter must see only the ball. We are to keep our whole being on God or lose our desire to serve Him first. In serving God, we can serve others. Losing sight of God we will only serve mankind.
---mikefl on 5/19/07

This means that anyone should not love anyone more than they do Christ. They should not put anyone or anything before the Lord. We are told to love thy Lord thy God. We are also told not to have any other gods before him and not to worship any other god because God is a jealous God.
---Rebecca_D on 5/13/07

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Mima, People Do not understand that we are to Love Jesus with our, Whole heart, soul, and mind, He is coming back for a ''BRIDE'' without spot or wrinkle, He was killed for us. But alot of the church is in a baby state, with pacifiers in mouth instead of a crown on their head. As in the parable of the ten virgins, 5 were still sleeping when Jesus was at there door,the foolish never made it to the Wedding, AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE DOOR WAS SHUT, While the ceremony began with HIS BRIDE, HALLELUIAH!!!!!
---Cynthia_1 on 5/12/07

Christ's disciples were chosen from among the foolish of the world, unlearned and ignorant men, and, therefore, might justly distrust their own abilites, especially when they were called before great men. They shall speak, extempore [on the spur of the moment], and yet shall speak as much to the purpose, as if it had been never so well studied. When God calls us out to speak for Him, [teach us what to say]. It is not ye that speak, but the spirit of your Father, which speaketh in me.
---catherine on 5/12/07

That is very simple. We are to love God with ALL of our Heart, Soul, Mind and Body (might).

Deuteronomy 6:5
and echoed in the gospels:
Matthew 22:37
Mark 12:30
Luke 10:27

This is Christ's first of the two great commandments.

It does not mean that we should not love our parents or our siblings or neighbours, that too is required. But we must put God first in all things. And amazingly, things tend to work out better that way.
---lorra8574 on 5/11/07

To be worthy of Jesus we pay EVERYTHING unlike what many think. Many hang onto the scripture that salvation is a free gift and not of works. True initially. We did nothing to deserve it. But they must read on , as to what happens after saved. One grows to be Christ like. Christ gave all for us and the bottom line is that we are not worthy of him if we are not obedient to follow him even to our death . If his WORDS are not in us, we do not hear him and we are not saved.
---jody on 5/11/07

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God is to be number one in our life then comes our love ones. If we love our family member more then God then we aren't worthy of Him. He will not play second in nothing it Him or nothing.
---Janice on 5/11/07

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