What does the Bible say about habits?

Question: "What does the Bible say about habits?"

The Bible does not specifically speak of "habits" as such. However, much is said about the MEANING of the word... "a thing done often, and hence, usually done easily; an act that is acquired and has become automatic." We all have habits, whether good or bad. Even newborn's may come into this world with the habit of already sucking their thumbs, (as mine did). However, for the Christian, the whole of their lives is one of being transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2) This implies exchanging old, (bad) "habits" for new (good) ones, in order to please the Lord. For instance, "Do all things without grumbling and complaining" demands a new habit on my part. I need to cultivate a whole new pattern of THINKING, from negative to positive...that which is helpful to the hearer. "I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ" (2 Cor.10:5).

God's command, "Do not steal" means that I must cultivate honesty in all things. This may require a whole new "habit" for some. It is the "putting off" of our old nature, and "putting on" the new nature we are given when we are born spiritually into God's family. (John 1:12) "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me". (Phil. 4:13)

Regarding habits pertaining to health issues, such as doing drugs, smoking, drinking, sexual immorality, etc., we are told "Don't you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you. You have received Him from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God." (1 Corin. 6:19,20) "Don't fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Eph. 5:18)

For those who belong to Jesus Christ, forming new "habits" by being controlled by the Holy Spirit becomes a way of life. These new "habits" are most easily described by Jesus as LOVING Him. "Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love him. We (the Father and the Son, Jesus) will come to him, and make our home with him." (John 14:23) Most importantly, we are told: "And whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Recommended Resource: Winning the Inner War: How to say No to a Stubborn Habit by Erwin Lutzer.

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