1Corinthians 9:25-27 (GNB) Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest.
Discipline is one of the major characteristics that is necessary to finish our race strong and well. If we really want to please God and live the life that God designed for us to live, we cannot give in to our flesh and live recklessly. If we fail to discipline our flesh, it will inevitably lead us into a valley of regret. To please God, we must continue to resist every desire of our flesh that fails to honour and glorify God. In fact, we too can harden our body with “blows” (discipline), like Apostle Paul refers to in our text above so that we can live the abundant life that Christ promises. In addition to our bodies, we must also discipline our minds. You are what you think. In this age of increased corruption and immorality on the internet and all around us, we must learn to discipline our minds to not meditate on evil. Philippians 4:8 shows us that we are to only think on things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, of a good report, virtuous and praise worthy. Joseph was a perfect example of someone who disciplined himself despite great pressure from Potiphar’s wife. Daniel also purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the pleasures of Nebuchadnezzar’s table. By the Spirit of God, you too can control and discipline yourself. Included in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) is temperance or self control. In Christ, you have the ability to control yourself. As you continue yielding to the Spirit of God, you will grow in self control. 2Timothy 1:7 also says that God has given us
Ask God for the grace to continue to yield yourself to Him and to keep growing in discipline and self control.