The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

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“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility…” (1 Peter 5:5, ESV).

There is liberty in forgetting oneself. This may seem like a contradiction to previous posts where I have talked about the vital importance of cherishing yourself. But it’s not. One of the mysteries in God teaches us that the more we gaze on Christ, the less focus we keep on the self. We become so consumed with Him that we grow past the stage of obsessive introspection.

At the same time, His love fills us in ever-increasing measure until it becomes uncontainable. As we overflow with the revelation of how deeply He cherishes us, our inner being responds in agreement. We cherish ourselves as He cherishes us. But all the while, He remains the center, the focus of our gaze.

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