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Death to Self
by Alex P. Cohen

Death to self is the heartfelt desire of all who have experienced the new birth. We desire to see the self-for-others nature of God manifested in everything we do, say, and think.

How then does one know when he has truly died to self?

It's easy to think of dying to self in terms of what we do or don't do. Since childhood, we've been taught to focus on our actions. We gained our parent's approval if we behaved a certain way. As adults, we have success in life if we perform in a certain manner.

When it comes to spiritual performance, however, no matter how hard we try, no matter long we go at it, we are never quite satisfied with our efforts. There's always one more thing that needs to be taken care of. It becomes an endless struggle to do and to become.

Thankfully, as believers, dying to self is not something we have to attain to. We died to self on the cross with Jesus Christ. "You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God." It's something that has already happened. We express God's glorious self-for-others nature 24/7.