The Way of the Cross: The Burden of Self Love, by A.W. Tozer

 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if
I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
--Galatians 1:10

The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself
whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking
slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to
which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer
affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace? The
heart's fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield
its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never
let the mind have rest. Continue this fight through the years and the
burden will become intolerable. Yet the sons of earth are carrying
this burden continually, challenging every word spoken against them,
cringing under every criticism, smarting under each fancied slight,
tossing sleepless if another is preferred before them.

Such a burden as this is not necessary to bear. Jesus calls us to His
rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who
is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of
world is not worth the effort. The Pursuit of God, 112.

"Lord, give me this peace, this rest, this meek and humble spirit
morning. Deliver me from concern for the esteem of this world. Give
victory today over every trace of self-love. Amen."