so..you want to be like Jesus?

Dying to Self 
by Bill Britton
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 opinions ridiculed,
and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart,
or even defend yourself, but take in all in patient, loving silence.
that is dying to self

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder,
any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance;
when you stand face-to- face with waste, folly, extravagance,
spiritual insensibility and endure it as Jesus endured.
that is dying to self

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate,
any society, any raiment, 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 commendations,
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 and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly,
finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart.

that is dying to self.
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"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ "
(Phl 3:8)

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