Saturday, October 31, 2015

Love Yourself, Discipline Yourself by Joyce Meyer - posted October 31,Saturday

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 
- Hebrews 12:11
I believe discipline is one of the most important character traits a person can have. We know that God disciplines those He loves (see Proverbs 3:12), and if we love ourselves, we will require ourselves to be disciplined. Without discipline, we miss much of the enjoyment life has to offer, but when we do discipline ourselves, we have the time, energy, and resources to enjoy our lives.
Generally speaking, I believe disciplined people feel better about themselves and enjoy more self-respect than undisciplined people do. Undisciplined people tend to want "the perks without the works." In other words, they want the benefits and advantages life has to offer without making any effort.
Today's scripture teaches us that discipline is something we do for ourselves; it does not bring immediate joy or results, but later on it produces good things for those who submit to it. Discipline is a tool we can use for our good—not a taskmaster for us to resent or despise.
Don't think of discipline as difficult, but see it as a vehicle that brings blessings, peace, fun, and great enjoyment to your life. Don't see discipline as your enemy, but as a good friend that will help you become everything God wants you to be and empower you to do everything He wants you to do.
Love Yourself Today: In what specific area of your life do you need discipline? Make a commitment to God and to yourself to work on it with His help.

From the book Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
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