1 Timothy 4:5-7
v 7 …rather train yourself for godliness
I cringe when I hear the word “train” because I know that anytime that word is mentioned, hard work must follow. Train is defined as, “to develop, or form the habits, thought or behavior”. Sometimes we must make new habits and even harder are the times when we must change our habits. Either way this is seldom a walk in the park. It’s hard but worth it. Here Paul is telling us to have “self-discipline” in the area of our spiritual lives. To force ourselves to not believe false doctrine and only to allow into our lives what is holy. That would of course require that we knew what was holy, right? So this is also an area of self-discipline, knowing God’s word. Which is a whole area of discipline in and of itself; memorizing scripture, a faithful prayer life and consistent time in God’s word. Like all “exercise” this too is worth it; this will change our lives in ways that we will be so proud of in the end!