What did Jesus mean when He said, "A man's enemies will be those of his own household”?


Matthew 10:36

NKJV - 36 "and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Immediately after Jesus spoke the words cited in the question (which were actually a quotation of Micah 7:6 in the Old Testament), He also stated (in Matthew 10:37) that anyone who loves any person (even including their own father, mother, son, or daughter) more than Him is not worthy of Him.

Ideally, the members of a Christian's family would exhibit the same kind of faith in Christ and devotion to Him that the Christian does.

However, in many cases, the Christian's beliefs and actions will produce tension (and even the kind of enmity of which Jesus spoke) between the Christian and other people (even if those people are as close as being members of the Christian's own family) as a result of the Christian assigning a higher priority to his or her relationship with Christ than to the Christian's relationship with those other people, even to the point of disobeying parents or disappointing children if they (because of pride) believe that they are entitled to be placed first in the person's life; or if they expect the Christian to act in a way that is contrary to Christ's commands; or if they attempt to cause the Christian to lessen, or even to disavow, his or her devotion and allegiance to Christ.

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