Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Self Discipline

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible (I Corinthians 9:25 KJV)

What does self discipline look like? It means:
  • Controlling my appetite to avoid gluttony
  • Controlling drink to avoid drunkenness
  • Controlling my sex drive to avoid sin
  • Controlling my tongue and the words I speak
  • Bringing my body under subjection to Christ
  • Getting my thought life under control
  • Controlling my attitudes and actions
  • Keeping my emotions in check
  • Training my body
  • Wearing the yoke of Christ
  • Controlling where my eyes wander
  • Being punctual, on time
  • Living within my means, not spending more than I make
  • Studying
  • Exercising self-restrain in all things
  • Being honest, truthful, and honoring my word
  • Keeping my appointments and commitments
  • Avoiding rash or impulsive behavior
  • Praying

Self Discipline is a mark of maturity. Gaining mastery over ones appetites, emotions, moods, speech, and priorities are key areas. It’s the ability to regulate conduct by good principles and sound judgment rather than by impulse or desire.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

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