Deny Yourself   1 comment

During this week of Prayer and fasting we are challenged to think about what is means to “deny ourselves” I found this anonymous poem which is uncomfortably relevant to the subject

Dying to Self

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 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 silence,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any

Irregularity, any unpunctuality, 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 solitude, any interruption by the will of God,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

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

And can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy or 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, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebelling or resentment rising up within your heart,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

Are you dead yet?

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Posted January 16, 2013 by jolm15 in Uncategorized

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  1. I just got to reading this- Ouch!

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