Ours is becoming a generation without character. The old taboos and forbidden social customs are fast disappearing and the structure of society is grossly crumbling. The hardline posture of the home tends to be vanishing in the new philosophy which teaches: fathers and mothers obey your children! The uncompromising strictness of the educational institutions is almost a thing of the past. Besides all these, the sanctity of divine grace is disclaimed as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely preoccupied with bless this and kill that. These are indeed the days of everything goes!
O' how we need the tough trait of Christian character! That can come only from conscious discipline: the sound spirit, sound mind, sound body, and sound society. Unfortunately, again, many homes have become soulless and insensitive; some classrooms have lost their mandate of constructive and purposeful learning centers; and many who bear the Scriptures have even relegated its sanction.
We should recall, when Christ invited us to come with our heavy burden, he removed the heaviness and offered a light one. He did not and is not saying you are free to do anything. Self-control is still part of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and absence of it is the manifestation of the uncircumcised mind.
Sometime last year, a minister with one of the leading Pentecostal churches committed suicide in Nigeria. As the news became trendy, another minister who was commenting on the issue started pontificating that the mere fact he committed suicide will not make him go to hell as he was born again. "Ridiculous!" To murder a soul is bad enough but to kill oneself is capital felony. Search the Scriptures. If you mortify the deeds of the body through the Spirit, only then can you live in eternity. There is no substitute for discipline.
CONTROLLING THOUGHT: Disciplined people produce disciplined families, and disciplined families beget disciplined society.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be a good witness of Christ at home and the society a large.
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