35 Bible Verses about Self Discipline

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 561 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 25:28 ESV / 356 helpful votes

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 237 helpful votes

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV / 195 helpful votes

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 185 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 173 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 165 helpful votes

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Titus 2:11-14 ESV / 117 helpful votes

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Titus 2:12 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Proverbs 15:32 ESV / 88 helpful votes

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Titus 1:8 ESV / 69 helpful votes

But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 64 helpful votes

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Proverbs 29:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Galatians 5:23 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Romans 8:18 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Hebrews 12:1-29 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

Acts 24:25 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”

2 Timothy 2:1-6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Proverbs 13:1-25 ESV / 15 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Daniel 1:1-21 ESV / 12 helpful votes

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Romans 8:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

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