Discipline can seem like a nasty word, but the reality is that it really depends on the definition that you apply to the word.
I’m going to take a look at the word and a few of it’s definitions today. (note: there are a total of 9 – if you are looking at discipline as a noun) When most people think of discipline we go back to our childhood, thinking of times when we were put on restrictions or some other form of punishment by our parents. That takes me to the first definition that I found on dictionary.com
The Bible speaks to this.
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. ~ Deuteronomy 8:5
Sometimes, like the good Father that He is, God must discipline us. We misbehave in our spiritual lives just like we misbehave as earthly children. And when we do, we must be disciplined.
The Bible says that discipline from the Lord is a good thing.
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. ~ Hebrews 12:10
It says that we are blessed for receiving discipline from the Lord and that we should not detest it.
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. ~ Job 5:17
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? ~ Hebrews 12:9
The next definition speaks to a way of life. Exercise, eating right, time spent in God’s Word.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:27
…but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. ~ Titus 1:8
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
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