He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Note 5 at Mt 10:37: Jesus' instruction here is also found in Lu 14:26, which, if taken by itself, might leave the impression that we are supposed to hate our fathers and mothers, wives and children, and even ourselves. However, Matthew made it very clear in this verse by the use of the words "more than" that this was not what Jesus meant. We are commanded to walk in love, especially to the members of our own families (Eph 5:25-33 and Tit 2:4). Jesus was simply stating that we should prefer Him above any other relationship.