From: Natali (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 11:23:29 EDT
(Mt.10:37-38) closely to GNT:
He who loves father or mother over (overmuch, to a fault, as contrary to) me
is not worthy of me (does not consider me a worthy), and he who loves son or
daughter over (...) me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his
cross and listens to (follows) me after (afterwards, then; again, back;
behind) is not worthy of me.
There are no comparisons "more" or "less" in love.
It's real good to love _whole-heartedly_ both relatives and the God's Word
in your heart.
Perception-work for uniting of God's and parent's love is the evidence of
His human force, patience and well-being wisdom.
But if you strive for happiness in your family "overmuch", like mad, so that
you are ready to trample upon Christ and step "over" Him "to a fault", let
for a while, you are not worthy of Him, not worthy of love itself... And the
other extreme when you rush for Christ (or rather for His false reflection
in our mind) like mad, to the prejudice of good relations, stepping over
relatives. The sentence in such eagerness is the same, namely: you are not
worthy of Christ.
You see, "not to take one's own cross" among people is to disavow them as if
for the sake of Christ, and to step over relatives when they put a question
point-blank, "Choose either us or your Christ"; it's to leave family circle
for ever, having banged the door.
(While "to take the cross" is to bear responsibility in the face of God for
relatives and more, for all who don't understand you and themselves in
Christ, who condemn or curse yours in Christ; it would be Christian's truly
if as a result of relations with you, with your patience and labour they don
't be opponents of Life, becoming more thoughtful towards themselves and
The meaning "after, afterwards, then; again, back; behind" points out a rush
from one extreme to another. It defines our trampling upon Christ for the
sake of relatives and, on the contrary, as if returning of a prodigal God's
son with his sacrificing of relatives for repentance and with readiness
"again" to be not in Christ, with peace and love, but somewhere "behind" His
Word, on circles of our looping exclusiveness where "afterwards, then" means
Whether such sacrifices are needful to God, it's definitely said.
Is it so?
Andrey Kirillov, Kazakhstan
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