Self discipline is the willingness to correct or control yourself in order to make yourself a better person. In this case you shouldn’t think of discipline in terms of punishment. As we impose strict guidelines in the attempt to better ourselves, we become more healthy and fit.

One of the most sensitive areas of being a person nowadays is the issue of discipline. Scripture indicates that God expects us to have discipline in all aspects of our lives. Over  and over, we are advised to use the rod. “He who spares the rod hates son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24). “The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disguise his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).

It is important to note however that the Biblical “rod” is not always a literal rod. The scripture “rod” is a symbol of discipline. In fact , people with various temperaments and in different circumstances need different rods.


Four Types of Discipline:


  1. ISOLATION – We are restricted to the four walls of our room, giving us time for evaluation  and positive decision.
  2. DEPRIVATION – Here we are deprived of  something we enjoy and over which God has full control.
  3. NATURAL or LOGICAL CONSEQUENCES – With this type, God resists the urge to intervene, permitting us to suffer the consequences of our behavior.
  4. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT – Is the way God permits us to experience physical hurt or pain. That when all other methods have failed, we are taken in private quarters for corporal punishment.


So what is the secret of discipline? It is Love? The method of discipline will vary according to our needs and temperaments but the motive should never vary. It should always be LOVE.

By: Jasmin N. Barbosa, Tomas Pinpin Memorial Elem School

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