May 22

Self DeadWhen you are forgotten, neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don’t sting or hurt with 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 opinion 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 annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus did;

That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, and offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God;

That is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation or record your own good works or itch after commendation, 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 you are 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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3 Responses to “That Is Dying to Self”

  1. 1. Noella Thomas Says:

    This poem was written by Bill Britton of Springfield, Missouri. You can check out more writings at

  2. 2. bob Says:

    Hi Noella,

    Thanks for the information. I looked for the Poem on the above website but couldn’t find it. Do you have it on the website some where? Or is it posted on some other website where it notes brother Bill as the author?


  3. 3. Noella Thomas Says:

    You can write for the tract at

    Church in Action, PO Box 707, Springfield MO 65801

    It is operated by Becky Britton Volz, Bill Britton’s daughter. Tracts are sent out on a love-offering basis.

    The tract isn’t listed on the website and everything I found is listed in various personal blogs.

    I attended Bill Britton’s church in Springfield, Missouri - House of Prayer, now called River of Life.

    Hope this helps.


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