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What does the Bible say about self-denial?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked October 07 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The verse that comes most readily to mind is Matthew 16:24 (as well as its synoptic counterparts in Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23), in which Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me," making self-denial a necessary condition of discipleship.

Other verses from both the Old and New Testaments include:

Proverbs 25:16
Daniel 1:8
Matthew 5:29
Matthew 19:21
Matthew 19:29
Mark 9:43
Mark 10:29-30
Luke 14:33
Acts 20:24
Romans 6:2
Romans 8:13
Romans 13:14
1 Corinthians 6:12
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
1 Corinthians 10:24
Galatians 5:16
Philippians 2:4
Philippians 3:7
Titus 2:12-13
Hebrews 11:25
1 Peter 2:11

(Typographical errors in the above listing that I could not correct affected Romans 6:2 and Romans 8:13.)

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
An instance of self-denial is Paul, in not counting even his life dear to himself, Acts 20:24; Phil. 3:7, 8.

It was a repudiation of the old self-righteousness in Phil. 3:7-11. (A good example for us to follow, too, by the way!)

Another implication of self-denial (and this is a far-reaching topic, surely, follows: 

(2) Repudiation of the old life of sin (Titus 2:12--

"Teaching us that,
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly,
in this present world"-- 

Romans 6:6; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-17, 24.

A prayer challenge from OneCry Movement/Gal 5:16:

“Pray that every member of your congregation will find victory over the desires of the flesh by walking according to the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

Repudiation of the old life of sin is further delineated in 
Colossians 3:5-9; and 1 Peter 2:11 which says, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 

WBE

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