For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12: 11

 

There are disciplines that are relatively easy; these are things like brushing my teeth and washing what hair I have; then, there are others that are very hard to remain faithful to; these are exercise, avoiding certain foods, and getting enough sleep. All of these are of little importance when compared to the discipline that God wants to bring into our lives.

 

Unfortunately, living in a fundamentally righteous manner does not come naturally for most of us; we all have areas and aspects of our lives where people will have a hard time seeing the true image of Christ when they experience us. Since all children of God are called to be His hands and feet, to live as an expression of His love and grace among people who desperately need Him, and to continually grow and develop in our relationship with Him, God puts extra effort into bringing the discipline that this sort of living requires into each of our lives.

 

This process requires us to experience blood, sweat, and often bitter tears; yet, it is absolutely necessary in order to gain the depth of understanding of God and His will that leads to a life that is peaceful and productive in His eyes. Discipline is made easier as we stop fighting against it and start working with the changes that it demands. Give just one troublesome habit of thought or action to God to start to transform into His way, plan to stick with the process of change through the hard work days, and delight in the joy and the peace that His Spirit will bring to your weary heart.

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