Discipline: A Test of Love

by Roby Ellis          SPANISH/ESPAÑOL

[Scripture Reading: Proverbs 13:24]


A. Although discipline probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of great demonstrations of love, these two are always bound together.

B. True discipline is the training that corrects the mind and molds one’s moral character.

I. Love requires me to discipline my children.

A. This first involves constant instruction from God’s Word (Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:13-17).

B. It also involves punitive measures for disobedience (Proverbs 22:15; 29:15,17; 23:13-14; 13:24).

C. True discipline is always an expression of love (Hebrews 12:6; Revelation 3:19).

II. Love requires me to discipline my brethren.

A. This is a direct commandment from God (2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 5:6).

B. This may require me to confront a brother (Matthew 18:15-17) and have nothing to do with him (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)

C. This is necessary to keep the church pure (1 Corinthians 5:6-8), with the hope of restoring the soul (vs. 5).

III. Love requires me to discipline myself.

A. Otherwise I cannot adequately discipline another (Matthew 7:1-5).

B. The Word can discipline us (1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

C. We must not despise the Lord’s correction (Proverbs 15:5).


If God is chastening you through His Word today, don’t despise or refuse His admonition; follow it instead to everlasting life!

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