What About Habits?
Merriam-Webster describes Habit this way: an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary. a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.
Macmillan Dictionary says this: something that you do often or regularly, often without thinking about it.
With these we can ascertain that a habit is behavioral, often repeated, is repetitive and can be done without conscious thought.
The Bible doesn’t talk about habits specifically. However, it does give us instructions about spiritual disciplines and attitudes. We all have habits be them good or bad.
As Christians we are to be renewing our minds Romans 12:2. We are to be exchanging bad habits for good habits. So that we may please the Lord. As our minds change so will our habits. We should be developing Christ-likeness. Depending on our habits, good habits will make us, and bad habits will break us.
Below are a few quotes about habits.
Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a “power base for the enemy,” that is, a stronghold.Elisabeth Elliot
Perhaps you have been ensnared by a sinful habit that you will not abandon, and your guilt is so overwhelming you are ashamed to approach Christ. Whatever the reason for your broken intimacy with God, there is good news. Jesus waits to embrace you now in the arms of unconditional, divine love.Charles Stanley
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Get into the habit of saying, ”Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.Oswald Chambers
Man’s very human habit of trusting in himself is generally the last great obstacle blocking his pathway to victory in Christian experience.Aiden Wilson Tozer
Pure morality points you to the purest one of all. When impure, it points you to yourself. The purer your habits, the closer to God you will come. Moralizing from impure motives takes you away from God.Ravi Zacharis
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*This post was originally posted on February 15, 2021 for the #Write28Days Challenge