If you are ready to trade the hollow self-made beauty of this world for the glorious Christ-built beauty of a set-apart young woman, this is where it all begins. Denying self, taking up your cross, and following the Lamb wherever He leads. In other words, letting go of all preoccupation with self: our comfort, our pleasure, our agenda, our popularity, our ability to gain the world’s approval, even our own dreams and desires. - Leslie Ludy - Set Apart Femininity
The hardest part is doing this on a constant basis. It’s not just denying self, taking up your cross, and following the Lamb ONE time, and then it’s over. It’s an everyday challenge to let go of our preoccupation with self, to just find comfort in Him alone, and not be worried about what the world’s judgements could be. This is my struggle lately. I want to lose sight of the world’s idea of popularity, approval, comfort, pleasure, and beauty, and find this ALL in Christ alone. A daily surrender. kb.
“Jesus never says, ‘love the sinner, but hate his sin.’ Jesus says, ‘love the sinner, and hate your own sin, and after you get rid of the sin in your own life, then you can begin talking about the sin in your brother or sister’s life.’”—Tony Campolo