Discipline: Training of the mental, moral and physical
powers by instruction, control and exercise.
Devotion for Discipline
It’s true, discipline is not always a welcomed guest. I am the oldest of five children and it seemed to me that my parents watched me more closely than they watched the other kids. I suppose they expected me to set a good example for my younger brothers and sister. However, when I was young, that was difficult to understand. My parents did not warn with empty threats….their warnings had bite! If I didn’t behave as expected, there were real and immediate consequences. I will tell you this, with the discipline I received at home, I did not misbehave at school. I knew what would happen if I disobeyed my parents. I distinctly remember feeling that, by disobeying them, I would be a disappointment to them. I also felt like God was watching over me and I didn’t want to disappoint him either.
As it turns out, my parents knew what they were doing. Their discipline helped me to understand what God expects from me. They taught me to respect others, to say I am sorry, to know right from wrong, to be forgiving and to respect authority. These are things God doesn’t have to teach me as an adult, because he used my parents and their wisdom to teach me while I was young. Was discipline over once I became an adult? Of course not, my parents taught me the basics; God has plenty of refining to do!
II Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If you didn’t receive godly teaching, correction and training from your parents, you don’t need to worry, this verse promises that the scriptures can do that. They are also necessary for teaching and training your own children in the way they should go. According to this verse, we need to be taught, corrected and trained by God’s word or we will not be equipped or know how to do the good that this world so desperately needs.
I have often heard it said that God doesn’t speak to us anymore. It is true, I don’t know anyone that has passed a burning bush that was speaking to them and I don’t know anyone who says they’ve heard God calling them audibly, by name, while they were walking in their garden. However, most Christians will quickly tell you that God does speak to them, with that still small voice, called the Holy Spirit. I’m also certain of another thing, the bible was written by men who were specifically chosen by God, inspired by God and directed by God. God cannot speak more plainly than his written word. When Satan, the Pharisees and others confronted Jesus, what was his first response? His reply was, “It is written…” He knew that there was power and victory in the written word. Therefore, as we travel the path laid out before us, let’s allow God to correct and discipline us, through his written word. We will then emulate lives that are honorable and pleasing to our God. Embrace discipline because “The Lord disciplines those whom he loves!”
You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other. From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Train up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not depart from it.
You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.”
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
II Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. The Amplified Bible
II Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
I can do everything through him (Jesus Christ) who gives me strength.