Disciplined behavior is a built-in safeguard to keep the path ahead aligned with divine purpose. What would we do without discipline’s training for life, and what would we do without teachers who mentor and train us according to discipline?
We also see the snare that comes with refusing discipline. For those who despise oversight and corrective input from others, a path is carved by flesh-desire… avoiding authority, manipulative, resistant to Godly principles, presumptuous and self-destructive, self-willed, pretending to be wise, and emboldened to thwart the Lord’s plan.
Undisciplined flesh speaks loudly. All those undisciplined areas reveal the true story, usually a distortion of the one believed, and usually, a precursor to its downfall. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
As Christians we are doubly blessed—trained biblically by mentors and led by the Holy Spirit, a distinctive unique to Christianity. In Bible examples, those who modeled God’s leadership praised such training. Today also, we recognize the worth and are grateful to the Lord for mentors who train us to recognize discipline, and for the Spirit’s leading to mature us spiritually.