Dying to Self

My dear friends Yomi and Marie Opeola-Messiri live in his native Nigeria and work tirelessly to preach the gospel and minister to the needs of the people. I was reading through their newsletter this evening and I found the following to be well-worth sharing:

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 arise 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 annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus did;

That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, and 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 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 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 you are 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.

~~Thank you Yomi for sharing.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Galatians 6:14

[This is not my original work and is copied with permission from Yomi Opeola-Messiri, B. I. F. A. M…bibles for Africa Missions -author unknown]

4 thoughts on “Dying to Self

  1. Leslie

    Wow, this must be a pretty important subject. My latest blog is on this very same issue…man, the times are both amazing, and scary!

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  2. Denise Sarg.

    Yes, I need to die to self. Thank you for sharing because it hits home and I need to learn to die to self. I get wrapped up in, “woe is me” not all the time but I do and I need to stop.

    Love ya sister!

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