Through discipline comes freedom.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.
The grace that brought salvation to you is the same grace that teaches or disciplines you. But you must respond on the basis of grace, not law.
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
Prayer is often a temptation to bank on a miracle of God instead of on a moral issue, i.e., it is much easier to ask God to do my work than it is to do it myself. Until we are disciplined properly, we will always be inclined to bank on God’s miracles and refuse to do the moral thing ourselves. It is our job, and it will never be done unless we do it.
We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us than under the staff that comforts us.
Discipline, for the Christian, begins with the body. We have only one. It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice. We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves.
Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.
David Foster Wallace
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
Because of Christ, our Father and Judge does not look upon us with wrath, but he still parents us with justice. . . . God’s discipline is his justice without wrath.
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, Crossway.
In the simplest possible terms, the spiritual disciplines are a matter of taking appropriate measures.
The Spirit of the Disciplines, HarperCollins.
Augustine of Hippo
Do you hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you?
“Exposition II, Sermon I on Psalm 30,” in Expositions on the Book of Psalms, vol. 1, Parker, 1847, 249.
John of the Cross
Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you remember Christ crucified and be silent.
Self-Discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from expectations and the demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear—and doubt.
The Mental ABC’s of Pitching: A Handbook for Performance Enhancement, Lyons Press, 2017.
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