Your Word for This Day: “Discipline…It’s Necessary!”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.”

Proverbs 12:1

By: Apostle Diann J. Wilson

“Discipline” is not a word that many people enjoy hearing, or even practicing.  So, what is discipline?

Discipline can be considered as chastisement or it can be considered as self-control. Both aspects are necessary, for our spiritual growth and development.

The Apostle Paul states that he disciplines his body (1 Cor. 9:27). That is, he keeps his body under control, not allowing it to do whatever it wants.  Self control is vital for every believer—it is one of the fruit of the Spirit.

On the other hand, God disciplines those whom He loves, the word of God says. This means that He corrects us when it is necessary for Him to do so, and He does it for our good and well-being.  Just as earthly parents discipline their children, so our heavenly Father disciplines us.

Knowing this helps us to walk right and keep our bodies  disciplined so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh and bring dishonor to God and trouble to ourselves.

Today, let us love discipline, every aspect of it.  For discipline works for our benefit.

 

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