What Do You Mean…Discipline and SUBMISSION?!?! (Part 1)

Our Behaviour in Godliness

When you hear the word ‘discipline’ what automatically comes to mind?  A spanking being adminitered?  Someone disciplining themselves to be able to achieve a goal…like a runner or a musician?  Do you see in your mind someone being mean and nasty to someone else?   When you hear the word ‘legalism’ what do your thoughts turn to?  Do you think of a particular church or person?  Do you see a difference between the two?  What does godliness have to do with discipline?

These are questions that need to be asked AND answered within our minds.  Many times we don’t know what direction to go because there is so many self-help materials covering these subjects.   I think we need to turn to the very foundation upon which a true believer rests his or her life upon…the Bible.  Here are a few verses that help us to understand the meaning of this word…discipline.  Discipline spans a variety of words (the meaning is the same in all of these words) and it’s important that we take a look at them!


Job 36:10, “He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.”


Ps. 50:17, “Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.”

Prov. 1:2-3, 7-8, “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

Prov. 4:1, 13, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”

Prov. 5:12, “And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”

Prov. 6:23, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

Prov. 8:10, 33, “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.  Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

Prov. 10:17, “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.”

Prov. 12:1, “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.”

Prov. 13:1, 18, “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.  Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.”

Prov. 15:5, 32-33, “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.  He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.  The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

Prov. 16:22, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”

Prov. 19:20, 27, “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  Cease, my son, to hear instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.”

Prov. 23:12, 23, “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.  Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

Prov. 24:32, “Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction, and understanding.”

Jer. 17:23, “But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.”

Jer. 32:33, “And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.”

Jer. 35:13, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord.”

Ez. 5:15, ” So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.”

Zep. 3:7, “I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.”

2 Tim. 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”


Job 12:18, “He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.”


Prov. 7:22, “He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;  Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.”

Prov. 15:10, “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.”

Prov. 22:15, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Prov. 23:13, “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”

Jer. 2:30, “In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.”

Jer. 5:3, “O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth?  thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.”

Jer. 7:28, “But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.”

Zep. 3:2, “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.”


Job 5:17, “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:  For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.”

Prov. 3:11, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

Is. 26:16, “Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.”

Heb. 12:5-11, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou are rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”


Deut. 11:2-3, “And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,  And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;”

Is. 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Jer. 30:14, “All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel on, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.”

These verses deal with the word “discipline” and other words that have the same meaning.  Discipline is very important within our lives.  How can we go through life without it?  The saying, “No pain…no gain,” is very true and apropo to every area of life!  Why is it that people think that discipline only applies to the physical realm and not the spiritual?

If you wanted your child to learn how to play a piano, you wouldn’t tell that child to go to the piano and just look at it for an hour every day and expect them to know how to play it in a year’s time.   Will our children ever become a good musician by sitting there and staring at the piano for an hour every day for a year without some discipline in their lives to learn it?  Of course not!  We would be foolish to even think something like that and yet people want to believe they can call themselves a Christian without following the path that Christ set forth for a Christian.  Jesus told us in the gospels that if we love Him we will keep His commandments.  This includes discipline because we cannot love the Lord with all our heart soul, strength and mind without the Holy Spirit changing our hearts.  As we read each of the verses we begin to see a pattern emerge!  It is important that our lives are disciplined in EVERY area, not just some.  Are you willing to discipline yourself by submitting yourself to the Lord?  As mothers, we have a very important role to play within our children’s lives…we cannot expect our children to change if we are not willing to change.  Let us ask the Lord to give us a heart that is submitted to Him in our very behaviour!


4 responses to “What Do You Mean…Discipline and SUBMISSION?!?! (Part 1)

  1. By trying to wriggle out from under the circumstances of our lives we may loose the benefit of the refining fire for the sake of our own will.God will work out the details with a surrendered heart attitude.Submission… total heart surrender… really is a beautiful thing!

    • We’ve been there and have done that so many times and we still have to go through a similar situation when we try to wriggle out! Still the Lord is gracious even though we are not perfect and continues to teach us what we need to know! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Monika!

  2. I have committed so many sins in my life that I actually like discipline. I guess it sets boundaries for me, teaches me right from wrong in ways that I would never be able to figure out for myself.

    • Maybe you can find someone who will be willing to hold you accountable and you can hold them accountable! I’ve found this works as long as it is a godly person willing to follow through. Be prepared, though, to attack the tough areas in your life.

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