Discipline

Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. Matt 5:37

The evil one is intent on evil. He wants to cause confusion and harm. He desires misunderstanding and a commotion.
Such is the case in something I read this morning on Facebook.
A friend posted a picture of a tattoo and simply asked, “Yay or Nay.”
She did not ask for opinions – everyone has one.
She did not ask for comments.
She did not ask for scripture.
But she got all of the above.
The debate began and harsh words spoken.

I notice this happens often. People are opinionated and cannot help themselves in offering their own bit of wisdom and sage advice. Even when no one asked for it!
What does it take to keep from falling into this trap?
Discipline!
Paul spoke briefly about discipline comparing it to an athlete.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Cor 9:24-27
In order to endure the pain and exhaustion of running, or any exercise, takes discipline.

Perhaps you think offering a scriptural reason – some spiritual advice – is always appropriate.
It takes discipline to give such reasons and advice in a way to impart grace to the hearer. (Eph 4:29)
Solomon said, “A time to keep silence and a time to speak.” Eccl 3:7
Again, it takes discipline.
A disciple of Christ should learn discipline, especially in words.
James 3:2 – If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

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