Discipline Brings Quality to Life

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Discipline

The person who has discipline in his life is an example of one who has a meaningful life whereas those who refuse to learn from discipline cause others to stumble. A person’s conduct affects not only himself but others as well, either favorably or unfavorably (vv. 17-18). It is only when a person learns that he cannot trust himself but that he must rely completely upon the Lord and His Word that his feet will walk in the way of life. There should be more concern in Christians today about evil speaking (v. 18).The tales may be true but that does not excuse us to repeat them. In His Word over and over again in unmistakable terms He has expressed His hatred about evil-speaking.

A warning is given that constant talking will lead to sin. To control our lips is often difficult but it is a part of true wisdom (v.19).  A man of God should weigh his words, remembering that for every idle word he must give an account (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7). In contrast to the destructive talk of the wicked the words of the righteous are uplifting and to be valued like choice silver (v. 20). Many are helped by useful instruction, but fools will die with their own stupidity (v. 21. When the LORD blesses you with riches, you have nothing to regret (v.22). Fools enjoy doing wrong, but the godly will enjoy acting wisely (v. 23). What evil people dread most will happen to them, but good people will often get what their heart desires (v. 24).

Application

As people watch my life are they challenged to live for the Lord or do they say, “If that  is what a Christian is, I don’t want  to be one?” More people are watching my life than I realize and one day I will give an account for the way I live.

Proverbs 10:17-24 (English Standard Version)

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense. The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding. What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

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