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Be A Disciplined Christian

6 years have gone by. I remember my first year in university when the end of my 5-year course still felt like it was light years away. After graduation, there was an extra year of law school to complete. Every day my friends and I told ourselves how much we couldn’t wait for it to be over. Now it’s all done and I’m practicing everything I learned.

A few minutes ago I was working on a case file. I was making notes, deductions, and submissions. I realize now that 6 years of training and discipline gave me the abilities I have today.

I learned to analyze situations, find solutions, express conclusions and construct arguments. This was part of my training. Without training, there are some things you will never achieve. This is life in a nutshell.

You can’t, for example, learn to spend less and save if you don’t learn financial responsibility. Everything you know now, you learned from somewhere.

In the same way, ideal and practical Christianity isn’t possible without discipline. It takes commitment. It takes practice and a dedication. You have to learn to live as an example to others even as you make your own mistakes. Paul often said, “I’m not perfect”. It takes time.

In Hebrews, the writer talks about this. You don’t enjoy discipline — it’s painful! But after discipline, there’s peace in right living. After all the frustration and effort, there’s confidence. Then practicing will become easy.

Buckle up.

Hebrews 12:11–12

“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.” NLT