Not Hate, But Love Less

Luke 16:26, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

“In light of Matthew 10:37,  the word hate (v. 26) should be understood as loving one’s relatives less than the Lord. The phrase, “who does not renounce,” (v. 33) refers not to the total abandonment of one’s belongings but to the proper prioritization of them. The Greek word apotassetai – the middle voice of apotass (657), from “apo” (575), “from,” and tasso (5021), “to properly arrange.” It signifies that believers who are worthy of Christ know how to properly arrange their lives so that Christ is given preeminence.” ESV Hebrew-Greek Study Bible Notes.