A cost worth counting 

“‘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. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. … In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:26-27, 33‬ ‭NIVUK‬

As unreasonable as Jesus’ words sound here, they are perfect. Our relationship with Him is of such great importance that all other relationships pale in omparison. When we love God this way, we actually love others perfectly, i.e. as God wants us to love others.

I realise this sounds counter intuitive but loving God with all of my heart, all of my soul and all of my strength also means that I love others as much as I love myself. When I accept Jesus as my Saviour, I am a child of the King who has been made in the image of God. If I understand this, I can now love others as I love myself.