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deny (oneself)

To deprive oneself (of something). I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet. Learning to deny yourself is an integral part of Lent.
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It takes sacrifice, a tremendous effort of denying oneself and delaying satisfaction until the right time has come.
9, 51-62), Jesus told His followers the cost of discipleship-that of denying oneself and giving up one's comfort zones, possessions and loved ones, and even facing opposition, rejection and persecution.
Another condition of being a disciple, according to Luke 14:27, is that of denying oneself and taking up the cross: "And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." Luke 9:23 reminds us of the same message: "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." We have become a self-centred society.
But for the rest of Christianity, I dare say that it is a rare opportunity for you to do an ultimate sacrifice of denying oneself for the Love of God, whom we all know is Love personified.
This asceticism was bound up with an equally social practice of humility, whose internal logic leads, as Demacopoulos nicely puts it, even to "denying oneself spiritual joys, particularly the joys of contemplation and retreat" (27).
Sulhi-i-kul is to be achieved by denying oneself all unnecessary selfish desires, fears (accept that of Allah), needs (accept basic ones needed to keep one's body and soul together), urges, greeds, etc.
Thirty-two weeks is a long time to go without goodies, it seems, and according to Jakubowicz, the results of the 2012 study show that denying oneself won't work in the long run.
Denying oneself anything only makes us want it more, right?
These underlying thoughts might not be in the consciousness of Christians, Muslims, or other religious persons who undertake ascetical practices--fasting, denying oneself, giving up something, and the like--but I suggest that if such practices and mindset are not reflected upon and thought through, that mischievous extreme dualism might well underlie and skew them.
Jesus spoke of denying oneself, cross bearing, and discipleship.
In the latter category there's "Neverland," which contains an evocative message about not denying oneself. Considering that Bullens recently parted with her husband of 22 years, Dan Crewe, and began her first publicly acknowledged relationship with a woman, did this song have a particular relevance?
The reason is the same as before: selling oneself into slavery requires denying oneself the right to dictate the course of one's life after this decision.