Discipline

When the word “Discipline” comes to mind it generally conjures up visions of soldiers marching in formation and similar visions like that. But discipline is a much more multifaceted concept than that. Discipline has many different applications and meanings to our life. Discipline is needed for developing our self-control and making prudent decisions. It is critical for teaching our children the morals and lessons they need to obey the Lord and to succeed in life. Proverbs teaches frequently about the importance of discipline and how it is needed for gaining knowledge and attaining wisdom.

Proverbs 6:23 teaches that the corrections of discipline are the way to life. Discipline helps us to heed and accept correction. To be able to do this requires humility to take correction with the right attitude and learn from it. Each time we read our Bible and apply our heart to it’s teaching we are putting ourselves under the correction and training of the Lord. Discipline helps to train us to make good decisions and avoid foolish ones that bring painful consequences to others and ourselves.

The Lord’s discipline usually comes in the form of a good dose of humility as medicine to our frequent bouts of pride and self-reliance. God tells us that His discipline is an act of love and acceptance toward us in Proverbs 3:11-12. In Hebrews 12:10 it tells us that God disciplines us for our good so that we may share in His holiness. God’s discipline has a goal and purpose for our lives. That goal and purpose is for us to share in and desire His nature, not our sinful human nature. Hebrews 12:11 sums up what discipline from the Lord achieves in us; it is a painful but enlightening experience that taken and learned from yields a harvest of righteousness.

Discipline is developing practical good habits that bring benefits to your life and increase your understanding and wisdom. Regular prayer and Bible study are crucial habits to establish and should be a constant part of your self-discipline. Discipline is being able to control our bodies and mind. 2 Corinthians 10:5teaches about the spiritual weapons that we have from God. It talks of the power we have been given to have the discipline for taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul teaches how important it is to discipline and train our bodies to serve us in our faith and not to let our bodies and their desires dictate the rules.

Disciplining children is mentioned several times in Proverbs. Training a child with discipline is a daunting challenge between love and mercy. For parents, disciplining their children is one of the toughest responsibilities they face and definitely one of the most important. Children need to learn the lesson of paying the price for bad behavior by those who love them and want to prevent them from the punishment that will come with more serious consequences if they don’t learn these lessons early (Proverbs 23:13-14).


MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 15:32  __________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: What does discipline mean to you? Look up some of the definitions of discipline in the dictionary. Read Proverbs 1:7. Write down your thoughts on this passage with regards to discipline. How does the “Fear of the Lord” influence your discipline?

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 6:23. What is the purpose of the “corrections of discipline”? What do you learn from discipline in your life? Read Proverbs 15:10. What does this passage imply about how important discipline is?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 3:11-12. How can you despise the Lord’s discipline in your life? What does verse 12 reveal about God’s nature toward us?

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 10:17What does this passage imply can happen based on how we respond to discipline? Can people notice the discipline you exhibit in your life?

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FRIDAY: Read Hebrews 12:4-11. Discipline is mentioned several times in these passages. How can you make light of the Lord’s discipline? How can you endure hardship as discipline? What do you learn about yourself when you go through hardships?

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Discuss what everyone’s definition of discipline is. Talk about attitudes (good and bad) that we can have toward discipline. Discuss how God can discipline us in various ways. Talk about what you learn from discipline.

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