Discipline

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Phil. 2:14

“Life is disciplinary. While in the world, the Christian will meet with adverse influences. There will be provocations to test the temper; and it is by meeting these in a right spirit that the Christian graces are developed. If injuries and insults are meekly borne, if insulting words are responded to by gentle answers, and oppressive acts by kindness, this is evidence that the Spirit of Christ dwells in the heart, that sap from the living Vine is flowing to the branches…. All the obstacles we meet, all the hardships and annoyances that we are called to bear, are practical lessons in the application of principles of Christian life. If well endured, they develop the Christlike in the character….

“If we are indeed branches of the living Vine, we shall be patient, kind, and forbearing, cheerful amid frets and irritations. Day by day and year by year we shall conquer self and grow into a noble heroism. This is our allotted task; but it cannot be accomplished without continual help from Jesus, resolute decision, unwavering purpose, continual watchfulness, and unceasing prayer. Each one has a personal battle to fight. Each must win his own way through struggles and discouragements. Those who decline the struggle lose the strength and joy of victory. No one, not even God, can carry us to heaven unless we make the necessary effort on our part. We must put features of beauty into our lives. We must expel the unlovely natural traits that make us unlike Jesus.” 5 T. 344, 5.

“Jesus cares for each one as though there were not another individual on the face of the earth.” 5 T. 346.

“Look to Jesus constantly…. Come to God just as you are, and let Him heal all your infirmities…. If you come to Him with a heart truly contrite, He will give you the victory…. He will not misapprehend or misjudge you…. Jesus is the only one who can give you peace…. His great heart of love is ‘touched with the feelings of our infirmities’…. He is gracious, not looking for merit in us, but of His own boundless goodness healing our backslidings and loving us freely, while we were yet sinners.” 5 T. 649.

“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion…. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed…. May He grant all your requests…. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Ps. 20:1-4, 7.

References

Phil = Philemon

Ps = Psalms

T = Testimonies

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