Dying to Self

Submitted by anonymous on 8/16/06 at 9:11 AM. ( )

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught,
And you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight,
But your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,
That is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed,
Your advise disregarded, your opinions ridiculed,
And you refuse to let anger rise in your heart,
Or even defend yourself, but take it all, in patient, loving silence,
That is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity,
Any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you can stand face to face,
With waste, folly, extravagance ,spiritual insensitivity and endure as Jesus endured,
That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment,
Any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption, by the will of God,
That is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation,
Or record your own good work, or itch after commendation,
When you can truly love to be unknown,
That is dying to self.

When you can recieve 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 within your heart,
That is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met,
And can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God,
While your own needs are far greater, and in desperate circumstances,
That is dying to self.

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Nice post 18.69

This response submitted by Terry on 8/16/06 at 4:17 PM. ( go_tigers90@yahoo.com )

And dying to self, as believers in this world today, is a daily walk (sometimes hourly or even by the minute). We need to deal with each and every different situation as it comes our way. Sometimes we get it... sometimes we don't. We stumble, we ask forgiveness, we strive to improve and we move forward.

The NT (Colossians in particular comes to my mind) is filled with the things we need to cast away in dying to self and the new traits we need to take on (daily) in our ongoing walk with Christ.

Dying to self allows us to be transformed (Romans 12:2) in the way our Father wants us to be. It can seem like a struggle at times, mired in everyday situations, but God is there for us- at all times- and will bring us through each and every situation.

Good post

This response submitted by ALEX ,SR on 8/16/06 at 5:42 PM. ( )

Even if you are anonymous.

Nice Post

This response submitted by Rich Bee on 8/16/06 at 9:52 PM. ( )

Yes sir

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