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What is dying to self?

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Beloved Siblings in Christ,

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

-Ephesians 4:22-24

We're nearly three weeks in to Lent, the season of "dying to self." This is the time when we make changes in order to allow the old self to die, and the new to arise. For many this is accomplished through denying themselves pleasures like chocolate and alcohol. Others will choose to adopt a new pra