Discipline

January 5, 2017

“As training prepares an athlete, so spiritual discipline prepares a Christian to exercise faith and enter the Kingdom…A balanced spiritual diet must include healing times of self-examination, repentance, and confession as part of our disciplines for spiritual growth.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, OCPM 8/25/2016)

 

“Inner spiritual discipline will create a clear sense of purpose and humility in your own heart.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

 

"Now, the Lord is not telling me to neglect prayer and fasting. What He is, however, telling me, is that whatever external discipline I practice, I should all the time be focusing on the renewal of my heart in His Spirit; on my inner disposition to Him, myself, and others." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“As Christians, we don’t have to be motivated by fear, but we should seek discipline out of love for God." (Nabeel Qureshi)

 

“Like the Pharisee in “The Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14), we must make sure our discipline is not self-serving but a means to draw closer to God…What is the problem with self-reliance on discipline? It is self-imposed and not derived from God. It arises from pride, and has no intention to “put to death your members which are on earth.” Self-imposed religion encourages self-esteem and obstructs the Holy Spirit Who alone gives humility. Self-imposed discipline may appear similar to life-giving Christian asceticism, but the two are utterly contrary from their foundations.” (Sacramental Living Blog, Dynamis 10/30/2012)

 

“Discipline means “to teach and to train…Cultivating a healthy spirit requires devoting time each day to the spiritual disciplines of Scripture memory, Bible reading, and praying.” (Life Application Study Bible, Proverbs 3:11-12, Donna Partow)

 

 “We live in a society that devalues quiet and discipline… Self-control is often frowned upon in today’s society. Exercising the ability to be or do whatever a person wants is seen as the way to live. It is in church that children are taught not only how to exercise discipline, but also why it is important.” (Christianna Dorrance) 

 

“…traditions only make sense only when they have the Gospel as their reference. If we forget that these traditions are given to us to help us lay hold of Christ, then they appear to be superfluous and the disciplines they encourage us to do seem to serve no real purpose. We start to evaluate the discipline by the values of the dominant culture -- by a cost-benefit calculus, rather than seeing them as ways to morally reorient ourselves towards Christ.” (Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse)

 

“The modern pastorate is defined by an ever-increasing need for personal discipline. We can no longer count on society to keep us within the margins of morality. Rather, our popular culture is distinctly anti-spiritual and anti-God. We must now work harder than ever to hold on to what little faith we have.” (Bishop Joseph) 

 

“Disciplined people can do the right thing at the right time in the right way for the right reason.” (John Ortberg) 

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