Called to Love Part – 6

Luke 9:23 —– Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Dying to self is never portrayed in Scripture as something optional in the Christian life. It is the reality of the new birth; no one can come to Christ unless he is willing to see his old life crucified with Christ and begin to live anew in obedience to Him. Death to self is not an option for Christians; it is a choice that leads to eternal life.

If you are being falsely accused but make a decision not to retaliate but continue to operate in love, you are dying to self. This commitment of yours to obey God despite the pain and anguish will turn that pain (Good Friday) into joy (Easter Sunday) because now God’s favour is upon you. However, the duration of the pain ( Good Friday) is decided by us. If we refuse to die to our self, we will only extend this painful duration (Good Friday).

Jesus had the power to kill each and every one of the Romans who went against Him and crucified Him, but He did not. When we make a decision to follow God’s Word, it will be painful but when we do it we will experience the resurrection power.

God created man for love. God pours love into man to love others. We receive the love from God and we have to pour it out into all creation, just like God does to us. In our life, do we pour out our love to others or do we only demand to receive it from others?

In this world where there is pressure on all sides to replace the love of God for something lesser, to die to oneself is some- thing that nearly every one of us is averse to doing. Since we live in a world of instant gratification, dying to oneself is a concept that is both foreign and unacceptable. Yet this is one thing that Jesus insisted upon. Essentially, the Christian life is an ongoing process of dying to self and living for Christ – seeking His will and kingdom and righteousness, rather than our own.

Once we experience the love from God, we can pour that love into others. That is when a person experiences a true Christian life. When we have the nature of God we will always want to pour love and give what God has given us freely. In any relationship, if all involved are willing to pour love they will always give their best

The Christian life is not about us – it’s all about Christ… it’s about putting God’s will over our will… it’s about putting Christ first above everything else, no matter what it costs us… it’s the realisation that we are His servants, and as such, our goal is to live for Him and glorify Him in everything we do. When we come to Christ, we choose to make Him our Lord and invited Him to come live in us – in doing so we choose to give up our will for His. Since we choose to become His child and servant, then we must die to ourselves every day, every hour, every minute, every second — the greatest hope for each of us as believers is to die to self that we might live for Christ.

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