That Is Dying To Self

When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you sting and hurt with the insult of 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 advice 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, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it — that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any attitude, any interruption by the will of God — that is dying to self. When you never care to refuse yourself in conversation, or record your own good works, or itch after any commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown — 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.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart — that is dying to self.” — Author Unknown (Taken from Different By Design by John MacArthur).

Oh, that each of us could be one who dies to themselves
— oh, that I could be one that is dying to self!

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  1. Becky

    Thanks for the post. My girls group at church has been on this topic. I am going to print it out and take it tonight. It makes you think (and hopefully act).

  2. Moriah Strickland

    Wow! That was amazing, and so very convicting. We as Christians need to always remember this. Thanks, Tim!

  3. Agent Tim

    As one, who like many others, is still growing in holiness as a regenerated believer, I fall short in all of the above. But, thanks to the grace of God, He has been working in my sanctification, and I can honestly say that in some areas I am closer than in others to following the statement above. I have found that when I am in deep study of God’s Word and learning from Him and talking to Him constantly, I do not fall. But it is so easy to take our eyes off of him! And when I do, I again sink beneath the waves into selfishness and pride.

  4. K@

    Thank you so much for that post. I have been feeling a bit lost and forgotten. God will never leave us or forsake us, but he does test us. He refines us through the fire. He shows us how much we value things by taking them away and then asks, “How much do you value me? Dear child, don’t you know I’m all you’ll ever need? I’ll take care of you. I will protect you.”


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