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In life, it takes decision making, determination and hard work to achieve anything. Habit is said to

be “easy to cultivate and hard to quit”. As Christians, we have to realize that God sees our hearts’

intents to answer prayers and to bring about our desires. God’s desire for His children is to live

righteously as they relate with others daily. This lesson comes in the ill of lack of self-discipline by

some Christians.

 

We shall see the following outline in this lesson:

  • What is Christian living
  • What is self discipline
  • Self discipline in outings and appetites
  • What lack of self-discipline may cause.
  • Benefits of self-discipline
  • Conclusion and exhortation

The lesson is aimed at:

  1. Respecting God in all our speeches and deeds
  2. Changing our hearts and lives in order to achieve God’s purpose for us.
  3. Living the life self evaluation/ examination daily

Self-discipline is an aspect in Christianity with a wide spectrum. But as a matter of spiritual need of

this congregation, we shall be specific on self-discipline in social outings and appetites. Reason being

that this is where some people easily lure. This lesson comes to us in order to safe guide our identity

as the Bride of Christ

Let’s start by asking ourselves, if self-discipline is necessary for Christians to cultivate or practice?

 

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN LIVING?

Christian living simply implies everyday life of a Christian. It involves the “How”, and “What” of your

lives as Christians.

 

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF SELF-DISCIPLINE?

Self-Discipline can also be regarded as self-control. This means a capacity of an individual to act

against his/her feelings because he/she has a higher goal. It is ability for you to control yourself.

Christians are asked to cultivate and maintain self discipline as one of the fruits of the SPIRIT as

recorded in the Book of Galatians. Second Timothy 1:7 admonishes us to always know that God did

not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  It is of truth that, if

a person is fond of discharging hindrance to his or her spiritual growth, it therefore means that

person is self-disciplined. It will be wrong for anyone to do things without certain restriction

especially when he or she is in a public gathering or function.

 

Discipline is derived from the Greek word “gymnadzo” which is translated to “gymnasium”. It came

from the word that mean “naked” because the Greek athletes were usually strip off their clothing so

as to avoid any hindrance while running for a prize. Christians are to avoid things that will not lead

them to eternal salvation.

Since we have agreed that self-discipline is necessary.The question again is why is it necessary?  The

Bible in strong terms admonishes Christians that, “Whatever happens, we should conduct yourselves

in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you

in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of

the gospel [Philippians 1:27-28]. This lesson is for our best interest.

 

SELF-DISCIPLINE IN SOCIAL OUTINGS AND APPETITES

The study of sociology tells us that man is a social being – meaning that people are used togathering

together and interacting for the purposes of strengthening one another and making merriments.

Whereas, Christians are asked not to be equally yoked with unbelievers, we have seen daily as some

of our brethren are led astray because of the people they relate with. Bad company is said to corrupt

good mind. How do we act or behave when we attend occasions? Do we behave as Christians with

self-discipline?

It is therefore important to always know that we are letters that are read every day by some people.

In social gatherings/events, lots of things are done. Can you guess those things; we do in public

gatherings that may show lack of self-discipline?At different functions, events or social gatherings,

whether well attended or not.

  • people exchange pleasantries
  • people engage in conversations
  • food and drinks are served

Apostle Paul tells us that “we are allowed to do all things, but not all things are good for us, “we are

allowed to do all things, but not all things help others to grow spiritually. Do not look out only for

yourselves. Look out for the good of others too [1Cor. 16: 23 – 24].

 

This lesson is to address a situation where lack of self-discipline is exhibited by some Christians in

functions or events. We have witnessed by ourselves, how some people eat, drink or do things

without regards to their self-dignity. It is sad to see some people scrabble for food, drinks and

programmes at funerals. Too often, these people lack the sub consciousness or consciousness to

realize that they could be watched by people.

We have cases where, somebody invited you to assist him or her cook or take care of something in

events, and for lack of self-discipline, you decide to smuggle or hid food stuffs or drinks meant to

serve the invitees. It is always disgraceful to see some people struggle food, drinks and programmes

of activities in funeral services and marriage ceremonies.

Therefore, Paul admonishes, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the

Gospel of Christ. CONDUCT in this verse means to act, or method of controlling or directing yourself

by the Word of God. It is always shameful to see somebody well dressed get messed up because

he/she struggled for food. Some people are usually embarrassed for stealing stuffs in occasions.

Imagine someone’s father, mother, brother or sister caught while making attempts to smuggle food,

meat or drink from somewhere. As Christians, we must know to understand that God has made His

Own children. And as such, we must endeavour to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

We must be careful of the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life. Lack of self-discipline

and appetites are linked to these sins [1 John 2: 15 – 17].

 

WHAT LACK OF SELF DISCIPLINE IN SOCIAL OUTINGS AND APPETITES MAY CAUSE

  1. Disgrace and shame one’s self, family and the Church
  2. A nick name
  3. Denial of fellowship or association from friends and the Church
  4. disappointments
  5. Sometimes sickness and death

Christians are not only advised to be orderly or be decent during worship but also at all times

wherever they find themselves. Christians are the ambassadors of Christ in this world. People are

always interested in Christians’ matters. We wear the name Christians today because people like us

were able to positively impact into the lives of people long ago with their conducts. We must

therefore keep the flag flying.

 

 

BENEFITS OF SELF DISCIPLINE IN SOCIAL OUTINGS AND APPETITES

 

Can self-discipline benefit anybody? Can it be believed that, if we cultivate self-discipline in our

social outings and appetites, we can stand to gain a lot? Self discipline can help us grow in the

followings:

  1. Self-respect[confidence in one’s self]
  2. Integrity [strict moral, wholesome or ethical code]
  3. Dignity [decorum]
  4. Exemplary lifestyles [ appropriate model]
  5. Blessings of preaching the gospel by your conduct

IN CONCLUSION,this lesson is to implore or beg all Christians including me, you and everybody

to admit with humility that,All Scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING,

REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be

thoroughly equipped for every good work. Any time you are in your social outings, think about those

things that are TRUE and HONOURABLE and RIGHT and PURE and BEAUTIFUL and

RESPECTED, and God of peace will be with you.

GOD BLESS US FOR ALWAYS MAKING EFFORTS TO BRING HONOUR TO THE CHURCH BY LIVING THE LIFE OF CHRIST IN JESUS NAME, AMEN

 

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