I chose a paraphrase so no one would get confused. Jesus is not telling us to hate anyone but that He must be first and above all others in comparison. I remember when I became a Christian that a few of my friends were no longer my friends
Have you ever come across an individual or a group that starts floating ideas or concepts from the Bible that didn’t sound right? In the back of your mind, you’re thinking where did this person come up with that interpretation? That my friend is what I call a Red Flag.
There are at times when God places in your path a person that can have a major influence in your life and you had no idea this was going to happen. One person was a preacher from Saginaw, Texas who still preaches, writes and who I turn to when I have questions or someone to pray with me.