A reason to ignore discipline is because it doesn’t feel good. This follows the old refrain, “If it feels good do it,” and another, “If it doesn’t feel good it must not be good for me.” These excuses stem from a blind belief that the body knows what is good and what is not good for it while ignoring the fact that the brain is capable of logic and reason which is the control of the body. My brain with reason can come to know that “he who ignores discipline despises himself. but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.”
Pride is a main component to ignore discipline. Though self-discipline is at my disposal, discipline through a mentor is often more effective. However, pride can keep me from heeding discipline coming from a mentor. The sports player that believes he is smarter than his coach will not play well on a team. The team suffers and loses against their well-disciplined opponent.
My coach is my Lord Jesus. His discipline is presented in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is my instructor and mentor. He is the counselor that Jesus sends to me. I am wise to heed his discipline and correction. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (1:7) Jesus tells me, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of Truth.” John 14:15-17a)