Dying to Self

Dying to Self
When your good is evil spoken of
When your wishes are often crossed
Your advise disregarded, your opinions ridiculed
And you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or to 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 lack of punctuality or any annoyance
When you stand face to face with waste
With silly extravagance or with spiritual insensibility
And endure it as Jesus did
That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any provision,
Any climate, any culture any clothing, any questioning, any interruption When you have done the will of God to the best of your knowledge
Then find yourself misunderstood, maligned, set aside, rejected, beaten
Yet at the midnight hour in the dark prison cell you sing praise to God
That is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself Or defend your own opinions
When you never point out your own good works
Or desire men’s commendation
When you can truly love to he unknown yet willing to be well known
That is dying to self.

When you see your brother prosper and have his needs all met
And can honestly rejoice with him without envy or perplexity
While your own needs are far greater and in more desperate situation
That is dying to self.

When you receive reproof and correction from one of less experience than yourself
And can humbly submit, finding within you no rebellion. retaliation, self-sympathy, self defense, self vindication, self justification. resentment, bitterness or unforgiveness
That is dying to self.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

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Pastor of Palm Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. Married with 3 grown children. My past secular job was Investigations Supervisor for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from which I am retired.

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