For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:11
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. – Proverbs 25:28
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
It is important to learn the value of thinking about actions prior to doing what feels good at the time. Many times, doing what satisfies you immediately, causes serious consequences later. This is especially true when it comes to completing tasks that you wish to avoid. Sometimes it seems that if you skip a specific task, it will not affect you. Then after time has passed, you face other consequences because you did not have the discipline to make the effort to finish the work initially.
These tasks could be work-related, support a friend or family member, part of your spiritual development, or work to support other people. It is important to have the strength to thank about completing a task prior to ignoring the work. Sometimes self-discipline is very difficult, but it is critical to your self-development and to support all the people around you.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
Sarah is a good wife and mother. She is a teacher at an elementary school. She has strong Christian Beliefs and works hard to support her faith.
Sarah’s husband Frank asked her to review a contract to have work done on the back porch of their house. Frank mentioned that he wanted to make sure he understood any issues that would increase their cost. Frank had to leave on a business trip and was unable to review the contract himself.
Sarah agreed to review and sign the contract so the work would begin while Frank was away. Sarah had every intention of studying the contact and verifying there were no details that would increase the overall cost. However, she had to work after school the next day and did not get home until late. She was tired from the long day of work. The contract needed to be signed by the next morning. She started to read the contract, but it was twelve pages of small print. After she read the first two-thirds of the contract, she felt there would not be a problem with it, because it just described the details of the requested changes in the porch. She did not want to delay the project, so Sarah signed the contract prior to studying the entire document. If she delayed the project, the work may not be complete prior to their anniversary party later that month.
The work started the next morning. After four days, the contractor called Sarah and let her know that the concrete portion of the porch cracked during their work. The cost to replace the concrete was very expensive. It more than doubled the cost of the project. Sarah was very angry, but the contractor asked her to read a specific paragraph near the end of the contract. The paragraph said that the existing concrete could crack under the pressure of the development. In that situation, Sarah and Frank would be responsible to replace the concrete.
Sarah was heartbroken. She had to call Frank and tell him that she did not read the entire contract and now they both faced this problem. If Sarah had either delayed one more day prior to signing the contract so she could read it when she was not so tired or if she read the entire document that night; they would have known there could be more expenses prior to signing the contract.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Sometimes it takes strength to have the discipline to do what is right; but if you do work to have self-discipline, you will always benefit over time. In this case, Frank may have lost confidence in Sarah because she lied to him.