October 23, 2014

ID003 – Dying to self

Monday, 18 September 2006

Dear Girls,

Dying to self

Here is a beautiful poem entitled, Dying To Self:

When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you 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 is 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 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 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 submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart-that is Dying to Self.

~Author Unknown

Questions

Think about these questions. I’ll email you further information on these questions shortly.

Read Galations 2v20:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

What does it mean to be crucified with Christ or to die to self?

What are some of the character traits you will have if you have truly died to yourself?

How can you learn to die to yourself with your Dad?

How can you learn to die to yourself with your Mum?

How can you learn to die to yourself with your brothers?

How can you learn to die to yourself with your sisters?

How can you learn to die to yourself with your friends?

How can you learn to die to yourself when your family has visitors?

How can you learn to die to yourself when someone is being mean to you?

How can you learn to die to yourself when you are tired but can’t rest?

For the Greater Glory of God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

Genevieve Smith

Issacharian Daughter