“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Matthew 16:24-26
It is a rare thing to teach someone that life is found in dying. Truth is, selfishness and pride must die in us so that we can live for something greater. I will live a miserable, self absorbed life if I make it all about me, not choosing to die to myself.
In true forgiveness we die to the hurt, not allowing it to affect our present moment or how we interact with that person in the future. As we die, God brings joy and peace in our hearts when we see or speak with that person.
A life of contentment and peace is found in dying to what I want, so that I can find true joy in what I have.
Marriages only thrive when we are willing to die to ourselves to serve someone else. No marriage will work if one or both parties are in it for themselves.
All relationships will suffer if we live for ourselves. We become a vacuum that sucks life out of people, because we cannot die to the need to have other people affirm us. We seek to find value in what people say about us, so instead of giving life to them through dying, we suck life away from them to fill an unhealthy void in our lives.
Today, I’m going to choose to die, so I can live for something far greater than myself. Surprisingly as we die, we find life. Praise God.