Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Tim. 4:7-8). For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account. (Hebrews 4:12-13). For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life. (Prov. 6:23). All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:12-13).
1. What are some characteristics of scripture, according to these verses?
2. How have you used the word of God as training in godliness?
3. Have you practiced your “spiritual discipline” today? Is it becoming easier to practice this “discipline”?