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Forgetfulness of Self

J Alrich

One of the signs of true spiritual greatness is forgetfulness of self. To the small soul "I" is most important and everything is related to self. The more a soul expands the more it includes others in its horizon, until "they" looms much larger than "I". Such was the case with David, and such should be the case with every heart that knows the enriching and ennobling power of the grace of God.

Paul writes, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others" (Phil 2.4). The Philippian Christians were exhorted to think of others first and of themselves last. They were warned not to be self-centred. Alas, how easy it is to fall into this. What a temptation for each of us to think of our rights, to defend ourselves, and make sure that no one infringes on what is regarded as our prerogatives. But how unworthy of Christ this is. In His grace He laid aside that which was His by right and became despised and rejected for us. Surely we can do no less than follow in His steps. Our great need is that we should be characterised more and more by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.

There is also the great danger of becoming so engrossed in our own abilities and gifts that we fail to see ourselves in the proper perspective in relation to others. This is fatal to one’s own spiritual progress and happiness and usefulness amongst God’s people. Let us earnestly seek day by day to practise the humility which should ever be the badge of God’s people, and which alone is pleasing in His sight.

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