Posted by: myroadtoemmaus | June 3, 2009

dying to self… here is what it means

I came across this “definition” of what it means to “die to yourself” and wanted to share it:

 

Dying to self… here is what it means.

When you are content with 

any food.

any offering.

any climate.

any society.

any rainment.

any interruption by the will of God – that is dying to self.

 

When you are forgotten or neglected,

purposely set at naught.

When you do not sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight,

but your heart is happy at being counted worthy to suffer for Christ — that is dying to Christ.

 

When your good is evil spoken of.

When your wishes are crossed.   

Your advice disregarded

Your opinion ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart

or even defend yourself,

but take it all in patient, loving stride — that is dying to self.

 

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularities, or any annoyance.

When you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagant spiritual insensibility

and endure it as Jesus endured — that is dying to self.

 

When you never care to be referred to in conversation

or to record your own good works 

or itch after commendations.

When you truly love to be unknown — that is dying to self.

 

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met

and you can honestly rejoice with him in spirit

and feel no envy nor question God

while your needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances — that is dying to self.

 

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself

and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly,

finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart — that is dying to self.


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  1. Wow this is powerful!


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