Archive for the ‘ Discipline ’ Category

VerseD: Hebrews 12:11

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, ESV

When circumstances are tough, it is probably not punishment so much as a time to learn and grow. Your sin (even someone else’s) may lead to it, but use the time to grow closer to God.

VerseD: Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23, ESV

This is not a “know thyself” proverb. This is a “be careful what you think, feel, watch, and listen to” warning and encouragement.

Focus on good and godly things.

VerseD: Ephesians 4:26

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Ephesians 4:26, ESV

It is okay to be angry over unrighteousness, injustice, and cruelty. We must give that anger to God. Vengeance belongs to Him. Love your neighbor.

VerseD: Titus 3:10

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
Titus 3:10, ESV

Some people only want to cause trouble. They gossip, demean, and mock, all in the guise of “prayer” and “accountability”.

Tell them stop, and if they refuse to listen avoid them (even to the point of kicking them out of the congregation).

VerseD: Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4, NASB

We will face problems in this life. Sometimes they are inflicted on us by others, and sometimes they are a result of our sinful choices. In all, God is in control and uses them to discipline and lead us to His final, eternal comfort.

VerseD: Luke 16:10

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”
Luke 16:10, NASB

How you live in the little, day-to-day humdrum of life can be evidence of your faithfulness toward great things.

If you want to do great things, be faithful in the ordinary.

VerseD: Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23, NASB

If you lack any of these fruits, examine yourself and your salvation. All of these will spring forth as you pursue the righteousness of God and love others.

VerseD: Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 18:20, ESV

The context is church discipline, calling out sin in hopes of repentance from a wayward brother or sister.

Is that not also why we share the gospel?

VerseD: Galatians 5:24

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:24, NASB

We can not grow in Christ if we refuse to let go of our sinful desires. Christ died to remove our sins, not to remove all penalty if we choose to keep sinning.

Give up your evil desires, or you have not really accepted Christ, merely used Him.

VerseD: Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13, ESV

Do not think that because you sin or life gets hard (and even impossible) that God has abandoned you.

Instead, look for how God is moving in your life, to discipline you – allowing the effects of sin to play out or to help you grow stronger in faith.

He is always with you, Christian.