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It is interesting that two words, so similar, evoke such different responses - one positive (at least to Christians) while the other so often negative. But properly understood this should not be the case since, not just the word, but the reality is that disciple is found in discipline.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. Genesis 4:6 - 7

Whether it is sin manifested in physical/material or spiritual issues, sin is very active. Discipline is our only hope and help to confront and overcome it. 

It should not surprise us, then, that the devil has distorted this truth, often 180°.

  • Discipline (that which we strive so hard to avoid) is the friend that helps us combat sin (which we, too often, seek and cherish) - sin is the enemy!
  • Discipline is even more important for adults than for kids - in spite of the fact that, again, we too often think and act if just the opposite is true.
  • Discipline is inevitable, not an option. If we do not learn and exercise self-discipline, discipline will be imposed on us. For example, as we age, if we do not learn to take care of ourselves, we will be physically disciplined by the effect of a deteriorating body.
  • All success is a result of discipline, not luck, age, intelligence, etc.