Is it a necessary evil?
How does it benefit me?
Can everyone benefit?
How does God view discipline?
How does God utilize discipline?
Discipline is ignored by many and some may even say that it’s taken the path of the dinosaurs. You really shouldn’t consider it as a necessary evil as its absence brings turmoil.
Imagine yourself being placed in charge of a group of youngsters who’ve never been disciplined. You’d have some tough choices to make! God too, faces tough decisions when His children fail to exercise discipline in their lives.
Before seeking God’s views on discipline, let’s go to Webster’s for the definition. It reads:
Teaching: training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects especially the mental faculties or moral character
Punishment: as a chastisement self-inflicted as mortification or imposed as a penance or as a penalty; an instrument of chastisement
Self-Control, Self-Restraint: a rule or system of rules governing conduct or action
Webster’s definition of discipline is an eye opener, letting you know that exercising discipline will test you strength.
The definition appears harsh and distasteful which leads many to draw the wrong conclusion. Exercising discipline produces results, results that leave you with a good feeling inside.
The results are noticeable and the benefits are real. This article is written for the purpose of heightening your interest in gaining these benefits.
Discipline has far reaching benefits that meet the needs of God’s children and yours. He shares His thoughts with us in the 36th chapter of Job KJV of which verses 10-12 read:
 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure.  But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
God opens your ears to discipline enabling you to separate yourself from inequity. Obeying and serving Him is your path to discipline which brings you prosperity and a life of pleasure.
We now move forward to the New Testament as God utilizes Paul’s talents to teach us the benefits of discipline. Discipline requires self control and restraint and God is explaining how this formula brings success. We feel His