SELF CONTROL IS SELF DISCIPLINE

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The word disciple derives from the word discipline.  A true disciple is a disciplined disciple.  Just wearing the name disciple does not really make us a disciple.  Jesus made many disciples, but according to the book of John, later in his ministry “many of his disciples left and followed him no more.”

It takes self-discipline or self-control to accomplish anything that is worthwhile.  A young person learns self-control when learning to drive an automobile and receive a driver’s license.

In like manner throughout life we all must learn to have self-control or self-discipline in order to be successful in our endeavors. The Wisdom of Solomon is useful at this point:

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.                                                  (Proverbs 16:32 ESV)

Let us notice two kinds of self-control or discipline. Continue reading “SELF CONTROL IS SELF DISCIPLINE”

LET US GO FORWARD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Some people are two-faced. Now that I have your attention, I do not mean to be offensive to you, but some of us are two-faced in this sense—the month of January is named after the Roman god Janus. Janus was pictured as a two-faced man; one face turned back toward the old year with its sorrows, disappointments and shortcomings, and the other face was toward the New Year with all of its hopes, and anticipations of good things to come.

Too many of us are like Janus, we’re trying to look back at the old year, and at the same time trying to look forward to the new year. In that sense we are two-faced. Continue reading “LET US GO FORWARD”