You shall have no other gods before (or besides) me.
- Exodus 20:3
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
- Matthew 10:37-39
I’ve often coined the phrase of the bookend commandments. The bookends are the ones that we are guilty of more than the ones in between. In fact the ones in between usually stem from the bookends. And the bookend commandments stem from love of self. Jesus told us to not love anyone in our family more than we love Him, but we love ourselves so much more than our mother, father…
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