Discipline Your Body

disciplene bodyTherefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:26-27). This is where the saying: “live what you preach” comes to mind. We have a tendency to preach and don’t make time to live what we actually teach. We must first practice how to live as a child of God, before we can teach someone else to do so. Perhaps our godly living may be a better teaching tool than we think, because our conduct to others is a testimony that could either help someone on their journey, or cause them to fall. We need God as much as the person we teach, so let us remember that as teachers we are required to give more so encourage yourself to teach, but do not do so in vain, forgetting yourself in the process. It is not because we know the scriptures, teach it, hear it or spend time in it that really matters, but it is doing what it says that really shows God’s power is working in us. And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). You need to have love for yourself before you can show it to another. If you don’t love yourself, how can you love your neighbour? You cannot give to anyone that which you do not have. Take a look at yourself and see if your love for God is still the first priority. God bless you.

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