Death to Self

Dying to self; here is what it means:

  • When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society,
    any raiment, and any interruption by the will of God, that is dying to
  • 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 at being counted worthy to suffer for Christ; that is dying to self.
  • When your good is evil spoken of and 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
  • 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.

Are you dead yet?

Quoted from Paul Cain, compiled by Steve Williams


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