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The word “disciple” comes from “discipline.” Scripture reminds us that God disciplines entire nations (Psalm 94:10), in addition to disciplining the children He loves (Hebrews 12:6).

God is a God of both love and discipline. He disciplines me to condition me for a life of blessedness and usefulness. He delights in order, selflessness, and sacrificial kindness. Even His law has built-in blessings for those who are obedient to Him! As Jesus so often reminds me, self-control, temperance, faithfulness, dependability, and other forms of discipline are required of those who are blessed (Luke 12:43).

God’s discipline trains me and brings righteousness

Hebrews 12:11

All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Discipline leads to peace and contentment

Proverbs 29:17

Correct your son, and he will give you peace; yes, he will bring delight to your soul.

Discipline and knowledge go hand in hand

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

God disciplines me as a parent corrects a child

Deuteronomy 8:5-6

You shall consider in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you. You shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

Discipline is not provocative; it is nurturing

Ephesians 6:4

You fathers, don’t provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

God’s discipline blesses and teaches me

Psalm 94:12

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, LORD, and teach out of your law.

God’s discipline illustrates His love for me

Hebrews 12:5-9

You have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children,“My son, don’t take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn’t discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then you are illegitimate, and not children. Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?

Discipline promotes hope and life

Proverbs 19:18

Discipline your son, for there is hope; don’t be a willing party to his death.

Don’t question God’s discipline

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, don’t despise the LORD’s discipline, neither be weary of his correction; for whom the LORD loves, he corrects, even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Self-discipline is a gift from God

2 Timothy 1:7-8

For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God.

Self-discipline is evidence of God’s spirit working in me

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Discipline comes from God’s grace

Titus 2:11-12

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age.

Discipline leads to better life for me and my associates

Proverbs 10:17

He is in the way of life who heeds correction, but he who forsakes reproof leads others astray.

A lack of discipline leads to destruction

Proverbs 25:28

Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.