Godly Discipline (1)

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Paul spoke to the Corinthians about his work in ministry. He made reference to the Christian journey being a race which each person runs to win. He made further reference to how athletes discipline their bodies in order to maintain the physical stamina for racing. “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Corinthians 9:25).

While it is important for us to maintain good physical health through diet and exercising, Paul’s reference relates to our spiritual well-being. As we live for God, we should grow in Christlike maturity and overtime lose the appetite for things that are contrary to the will of God. Similar to babies, Christians who are new to the faith need the word broken down in simple terms for them to understand. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—” (1 Peter 2:2).

As we mature in God, there is an expectation that we grow in spiritual strength and develop the stamina for sound doctrine. Those who are mature in God should be in a position to not only read and understand the word, but to teach the word to others. Moreover, the mature have a responsibility to demonstrate behaviour which serves as an example to newborns and those who are unsaved to follow.

Paul also spoke about adjusting to accommodate those around him for the sake of the gospel. “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). God will continue to develop character in us and allow us to be tested in order that we will grow. Most parents don’t take pleasure in disciplining their children, but they are wise enough to understand that it is necessary to ensure that their children become valuable members of society.

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).

A.P.-Y.

21 thoughts on “Godly Discipline (1)

  1. Excellent work sister. The growth of a believer is essential for life and stamina.
    My pastor used to say that the church is full of children stuck in first grade. While many believers only come to the cross, very few go on to perfection; maturity.
    Yes, let us go on to perfection.

    Hebrews 6:1
    Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God…

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      1. Agree…That might be one of the reasons for the spiritual struggle and a lack of discipline in our region.believers are not well equipped…maybe even leaders as well.
        Too much cry babies in church…making noise!!!🤔

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      2. 🙏indeed .I’m already teaching the armor of God from first grade to the 7th grade..Teacher’s are also catching it..destinies are being shaped……Blogging linked me to be in contact with men and women of God like you guys.Such a blessing.💗

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  2. I remember when the milk was not enough, my babies couldn’t sleep through the night. They were awake every 2-3 hours for another feeding, until we added more sustenance to their meals. Babies are helpless, and dependent, and therefore cannot feed themselves, but we as baby Christians, can open the book (Bible) and pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare a meal of substance that will nurture us, sustain us, and give us rest. And Where the meals are good and plenty, we often return to those very same tables for our future feedings.

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  3. I love this! We cannot live on milk we must have meat. Having that meat is where I saw my growth in God and His word. When I became a Christian for the first time, I needed the milk. And as I progressed along God started weaning me off the milk and give me meat.

    Great post! 🤗

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  4. As we live for God, we should grow in Christlike maturity and overtime lose the appetite for things that are contrary to the will of God – love that Anneta. I so agree that we have to pursue growing spiritually.

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