DISCIPLINE

 October 11th, 2010 | Author: Douglas

There are many ways that discipline is understood and applied. The word discipline invariably gives the impression of a tyrannical approach of one person being in authority over another person or living being. When applied in a military situation it is totally applied without restraint. “It is not for me to reason why, but to do or die!”

When applied in the employment environment it is understood to mean that you do what you are told, or you will be fired!

When applied in the home it can vary from brutal to worthless!

When applied by Jehovah God, one definition of the Oxford dictionary is mostly applicable as shown below:

As a “training or way of life aimed at self-control and conformity”

The basis of discipline also varies from one extent to the other. The results expected are, however, very similar. The results are supposed to ensure the end result being achieved, irrespective of the type of goal or requirement. Military discipline can be brutal, and the end result is, to through ultimate enforced obedience, gain victory, irrespective of the loss of sacred life.

The discipline applied at home, although often brutal, is worse when it is worthless. “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. The portion left out, however, is “and the child will ultimately die”. See the Scripture below:

Proverbs 23:13

Do not hold back discipline from the mere boy. In case you beat him with the rod, he will not die.

The discipline applied by Jehovah God is based totally on LOVE. The way of life of His children must be, without exception, aimed at self-control and conformity.

Conformity is a necessity. Just as one of His children displays love, compassion and peacefulness, just so, must every other child reciprocate. Jehovah God’s Kingdom must operate just as a perfectly oiled machine in Heaven, and also just so, in paradise conditions on this existing earth. To achieve conformity it is also an absolute necessity that self-control has been achieved to the degree of the required perfection.

he beauty, however, of Jehovah God’s discipline is that it is based on His LOVE, which is so wonderful that it is basically above human understanding, or real appreciation. Also, all discipline that we have to comply with is totally in our favour, and also, when the results are seen and observed, that discipline will gladly become a “way of life”. It will not be considered to be discipline at all.

Today, in many societies and in many countries, corporal punishment and the death sentence are both banned by laws that are implemented. All those that agree with, or advocate that corporal punishment or a deserved death sentence be so banned, are outrightly defying Jehovah God. They will pay for doing so with their very lives.

Let us see what the Bible Scriptures below state about Discipline:

Proverbs 13:24

The one holding back his rod is hating his son, but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a boy according to the way for him; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it.

Proverbs 22:15

Foolishness is tied up with the heart of a boy; the rod of discipline is what will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13

Do not hold back discipline from the mere boy. In case you beat him with the rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:14

With the rod you yourself should beat him, that you may deliver his very soul from She’ol itself.

Proverbs 23:22

Listen to your father who caused your birth, and do not despise your mother just because she has grown old.

Proverbs 23:23

Buy truth itself and do not sell it – wisdom and discipline and understanding.

Proverbs 29:15

The rod and reproof are what give wisdom; but a boy let on the loose will be causing his mother shame.

Proverbs 29:17

Chastise your son and he will bring you rest and give much pleasure to your soul.

Proverbs 29:21

If one is pampering one’s servant from youth on, in his later life he will even become a thankless one.

Jeremiah 10:24

Correct me, O Jehovah, however with judgment; not in your anger, that you may not reduce me to nothing.

Nahum 1:2

Jehovah is a God exacting exclusive devotion and taking vengeance; Jehovah is taking vengeance and is disposed to rage. Jehovah is taking vengeance against his adversaries, and he is resentful toward his enemies.

2 Timothy 2:23 – 26

23 Further, turn down foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing they produce fights. 24 But a slave of the Lord does not need to fight, but needs to be gentle toward all, qualified to teach, keeping himself restrained under evil, 25 instructing with mildness those not favourably disposed; as perhaps God may give them repentance leading to an accurate knowledge of truth, 26 and they may come back to their proper senses out from the snare of the Devil, seeing that they have been caught alive by him for the will of that one.

2 Timothy 3:13 & 14

13 But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled. 14 You, however, continue in the things that you learned and were persuaded to believe, knowing from what persons you learned them (It is imperative that you not only listen to persons, but it is necessary to observe their actions, deeds, behaviour and how they relate to their fellowmen and the interests of the human race in general.)

2 Timothy 3:16 & 17

16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:2 – 4

2 preach the word, be at it urgently in favourable season, in troublesome season, reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all long-suffering and [art of] teaching. 3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.

Titus 1:9 – 11

9 holding firmly to the faithful word as respects his [art of] teaching, that he may be able both to exhort by the teaching that is healthful and to reprove those who contradict. 10 For there are many unruly men, profitless talkers, and deceivers of the mind, especially those men who adhere to the circumcision. 11 It is necessary to shut the mouths of these, as these very men keep on subverting entire households by teaching things they ought not for the sake of dishonest gain. (All persons who receive any compensation or payment for preaching the Word of Jehovah God are doing so solely for their rewards and they are “misleading entire households”. Now the words “misleading entire households” are significant in that if the parents are living according to the standards and doctrines of false religion, then even a mother that is pregnant dooms that unborn child and all their other children to eternal destruction.)

Hebrews 12:6

6 for whom Jehovah loves he disciplines; in fact, he scourges every one whom he receives as a son.”

Hebrews 12:8 – 11

8 But if YOU are without the discipline of which all have become partakers, YOU are really illegitimate children, and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we used to have fathers who were of our flesh to discipline us, and we used to give them respect. Shall we not much more subject ourselves to the Father of our spiritual life and live? 10 For they for a few days used to discipline us according to what seemed good to them, but he does so for our profit that we may partake of his holiness. 11 True, no discipline seems for the present to be joyous, but grievous; yet afterward to those who have been trained by it it yields peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness. (From this Scripture we see that Jehovah God disciplines us for “our own profit”, and when He tells us to discipline our children then it is also for “their profit”. When a loved one needs reproving, or a member of a religious “family” needs reproving, then it is also for “their own profit”.)

Hebrews 12:15

carefully watching that no one may be deprived of the undeserved kindness of God; that no poisonous root may spring up and cause trouble and that many may not be defiled by it;