dis·ci·pline    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (ds-pln)
1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
a. Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.
b. A systematic method to obtain obedience: a military discipline.
c. A state of order based on submission to rules and authority.

This definition (provided by I think says quite a bit and I feel it is important to address this issue as thoroughly as possible. I think to have or to not have true discipline in our lives not only determines the quality of life that we are to enjoy but it also shows exactly how much of a "disciple" of Christ we really are.

I looked up the word discipline in a biblical encyclopedia and only found "disciple." I read it anyway because I knew that one was the root of the other. What I found was this: the word disciple implies the acceptance in mind and life of the views and practices of the teacher. Now to a Christian it should be a given that Christ is the teacher. I think what is then to be determined is have we learned and applied the knowledge that he has provided.

Looking at some of the bolded words from the definition, we first come to "specific character." Galatians 5 verse 16 begins: "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit,........" Then in verse 22 we read: "But BEAUTY is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,....." into verse 23, "....Meekness, temperance:..." This should be our character. Consistently displaying his character shows discipline.

The definition goes on to say a character: "...that produces moral or mental improvement." When you are disciplined you are mentally capable of exemplifying BEAUTY that the Lord speaks of. When we follow his word the trials and tribulations of everyday life that we encounter will no longer have the same effect on us. We will have much better self-control, which includes control over our flesh as well as our emotions.

You may know as well as I do that this is not always as easy as it sounds. That's why it may be necessary to have a systematic method in place before actually handling a particular situation or making a choice. This may mean simply, being "..swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: " according to James 1:19. To others it may mean to pray. Philippians 4:6 reads: "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." It may mean both.

In closing on this subject, to have discipline requires submission. Whether it be at home, at work, at school or at church we are always submitted to someone. But as it pertains to being A Godly Woman, God calls us to be a disciple. A true disciple "of God" is one that is submitted to the will "of God", and the will of God can only be found in his word.

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