The term abnegation It comes from the Latin selfless. According to the definition presented in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) , Its about sacrifice that someone makes of his will, of his affections or of his interests . Usually, such sacrifice is made by religious motives or by altruism .
For him Christianity , self-denial is the denial of the individual , in the sense of renouncing oneself and personal interests. A good Christian cannot always do what he wants, but must obey the word of God and live according to his mandates. This self-denial is an essential part in the formation of the Christian: what he gives up, he offers to God.
Self-denial implies discipline and involves the control of desires, feelings, passions and thoughts. It also opposes hyperactivity and frenzy, since the person who does too many things does not think; therefore, those things usually do them wrong.
In this sense, it is important to make clear that self-denial is vital within the military field. Thus, it is established that said virtue is fundamental that it be in the possession of the different soldiers and the rest of the members of the body, of the militia, since it is necessary that they leave aside their interests, their tastes, their ideas about life or even your life itself in order to defend and protect your homeland.
In this way, today the self-denial of many professionals who are willing to do everything in order to safeguard the safety, freedom and life of citizens is praised. This would be the case of all those people who work in the State Security Forces and Corps, as would be the case of military personnel, police of various kinds or firefighters, among others.
Self-denial implies facing the selfishness . It focuses on giving, rather than having. The person who renounces something to assist others does so freely and without any obligation; therefore, in that denial there is a personal choice that generates joy and satisfaction.
It is also important to underline the fact that the term of self-sacrificing mother has been used throughout history. An expression with which he came to establish himself, imposed by moral and social norms as well as religious norms, that any parent had to be characterized by being willing to give everything for his children, who is capable of never giving up and of being permanent strong with such to move forward with his family, who has the courage to face all the obstacles that are put in his way as long as his offspring do not suffer and even if she is the one who suffers.
All these characteristics place, for Christians, a Jesus Christ as a symbol and model of self-denial. Jesus decided to give up his divine condition and became man To save humanity. That is why he asks his disciples to follow him, renounce his own will and do God's will in the land .