Ouch. My toes are hurting. This verse was laid out before me...
Luke 14:26 (New Living Translation)
26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
This verse does not say that we have to hate our families, God shows us likewise by showing what a father/son relationship should truly be. BUT in comparison to how much we love God our love for our families should look like hate. I am not there. I have made my family 'idols' in the eyes of God. I have put them ahead of God in many ways. I need some things to change.
Psalm 119 is so full of what a truly loving God looks like.
37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. 38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. 40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.
and I really like this one,
45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
God, hear my heart's cry.