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Self-denial

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The willingness to deny oneself possessions or status, in order to grow in holiness and commitment to God. This practice is commended and illustrated by Jesus Christ himself, and underlies Christian fellowship within the church.

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The wisdom of self-denial

Proverbs 23:20–21 ESV
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
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Examples of self-denial in order to put God first

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Self-denial is a requirement of following Jesus Christ

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Self-denial for the sake of others

; Esther put her own life at risk for the sake of her people
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Self-denial for the sake of those weak in their faith:

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Self-denial and the example of Jesus Christ

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