There’s a reason that “discipline” is a synonym for self-control; it requires practice to become better at restraining our worst impulses. Just as training a dog or a horse takes time and constant attention, training our spirits to react in the right way and resist temptation improves the more we work at it. In these verses in Titus, Paul is talking about the virtues an elder should have, but all of us disciples need to “hold firmly to the trustworthy message” in order to have self-control.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do you think of yourself as a disciplined person?
2. If you are disciplined in, say, working out or not eating too much, or getting to bed on time, how can that self-control apply to your spiritual self-control?
Challenge: Pick one specific way you can challenge yourself to be more disciplined.
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