Discipline is defined as the training of the mind and body to produce self control, orderliness, obedience and capacity for cooperation. In the army, a soldier is expected to be disciplined and to distinguish himself from civilians. In like manner a christian as a soldier of Christ (II Tim.2:3-4) is expected to be disciplined and to behave differently from unbelievers.
we will practically discuss how a christian should discipline himself in the following aspects of life.
- USE OF TONGUE: (Jas. 3:2-10) This little member can be used positively to offer praises and prayers to God (Jas. 5:13), preach the word (Jas.5:10), confession of sins and our faith (1Jn. 1:9 and II kings 4:25-26), confession unto salvation (Rom. 10:10), turn situations around (Col. 4:6, Prov. 15:1). It is basically used for good and bad, therefore a christian has to discipline himself or herself so as not to use the negative aspect of the tongue. When last did you use the words: "Please" and "Thank you" ? Words take their root from unregenerated heart and thereof, an unregenerated tongue. The Bible enjoins us to care for our heart (Prov. 4:23) because it determines our fate. (Matt. 12:37).
- MODERATION IN ALL THINGS: (Eating, Sleeping, Dressing, Spending, Over Speeding, etc) - Phil:4:5; Prov. 23:21; Phil. 3:19; Prov. 20:13; 1 Timothy 2:9; Deut 22:5.
- DEBT OF: Money, Promise or vow, Time, Preaching the gospel, Punctuality, self-control orderliness at meeting.
- Diligence at Work: Prov. 22:29; 24:30-31
Respect for parents and the law of the land, respect for one another especially elders, ministers, and leaders in the church.
By doing things "Decently and in order" in the church, holiness will surely be reflected in the body of Christ. Our salvation takes us away form certain behaviours and connects us to Christ. don't forget to like our fanpage on facebook christly minded