Discipline, Disciplined

This is a subsidiary post of Disciples.

Discipline is a word that definitely belongs in a Vocabulary of Discipleship.
It also belongs in a Vocabulary of Lordship.

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Contrasting post:  Indulgence

It should be clear from the following verses that discipline is an essential aspect of life for a believer.

(An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates that the word “discipline” does not explicitly appear in the NASB text.)

1 Corinthians 9:27  –  Paul lets us know just how important discipline was in his own life.  Being an apostle did not exempt him from the need to practice self-discipline.

Colossians 2:5  –  The practice of discipline brings into play the stabilizing force of faith in Christ (see also Faith Is in Christ).

*1 Thessalonians 5:14  –  A marginal note in the NASB says that “unruly”could have been translated as “undisciplined.”

*2 Thessalonians 3:6  – According to the NASB marginal note and the Strong’s Concordance embedded in the Lockman.org site, the underlying Greek word translated as “unruly” in this verse is the same word that is translated as “undisciplined” just a few sentences later in 2 Thessalonians 3:11 (see below).
2 Thessalonians 3:7  –  Paul and his co-workers had set forth an example of discipline.

2 Thessalonians 3:11  –  The failure of a believer to employ discipline left him to the shame of being called a “busybody.”

1 Timothy 4:7, 8  –  “…discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things…”  –  The difference between worldliness and godliness is the discipline of faith in Christ (see also Faith Is in Christ, and Colossians 2:5 above).

2 Timothy 1:6, 7  –  “…For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

*Titus 2:12  –  A marginal note in the NASB states that the word “instructing” in this verse could have been translated “disciplining.”

Hebrews 12:1-17  –  Discipline is the central focus of this extended passage – specifically, the discipline that a father gives to his children.


Hebrews 12:11  –  “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”  –   Thus we are trained by discipline.

Revelation 3:19  – “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”  –  Anyone who knows the Lord’s love knows His discipline.  Is this an allusion to Proverbs 3:11-12 below?


Psalm 50:16, 17  –  “…For you hate discipline and you cast My words behind you.”

Proverbs 3:11-12 (quoted in Hebrews 12:5-6 above)  –  “My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD or loathe His reproof, for whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.”

Proverbs 6:23, 24  –  “…reproofs for discipline are the way of life…”

Proverbs 13:1  –  “A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”  –  Therefore, we should see rebuke as an aspect of fatherly discipline.

Proverbs 15:5  –  “A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible.”  –  Therefore, we should see reproof as an aspect of fatherly discipline.

Proverbs 19:27  –  “Cease listening, my son, to discipline, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”

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