I do not know the origin of the following. I did a abbreviated search and found it quoted in here and there, but I did not find who to attribute it to:
- When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely provoked, 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 it all in patient, loving silence – THAT IS DYING TO SELF.
- When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, 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 people, any raiment, any interruption – THAT IS DYING TO SELF.
- When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good words, when you are uncomfortable with 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.
I grieve and submit that I am not there, yet. I do not know what to say other than how impossible it is to possess such a nature as to do these things………..apart from the progressive working of the Spirit in His called-out ones.
- Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
- Ephesians 4:1-3
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- Colossians 3:12
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
- Mark 8:34-35
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
- Galatians 5:24
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
- Galatians 6:14
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.