being alive should no longer mean living with our own life, but with his life.
With us, Christ’s love is a compelling motive, and this is the conviction we have reached: if one man died on behalf of all, then all thereby became dead men; Christ died for us all, so that being alive should no longer mean living with our own life, but with his life who died for us and has risen again. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure. Indeed, while we are still alive, we are consigned to our death every day so that in our mortal flesh the life of Jesus may be openly shown. So death is our practise. (2 Cor 4: 7-12)
And this is the way in which the perfect lover behaves, wholly and entirely to despoil himself of himself to have the thing he loves, and refusing to allow himself to be clothed in anything except the thing he loves; and this is not merely for a time, but to be wrapped in it forever, in the full and final forgetfulness of self. This is a love making that none can know save one that has experience of it. This is what our Lord is teaching when he says: “If any man love me, let him forsake himself,” as though he said : “Let him despoil himself of himself if he truly wishes to be clothed in me, who am the rich garment of everlasting love that shall never have an end.”
( extract from ‘A letter of Private Direction’ – by the author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’)