What is Your BEST Habit?

Odds are, you know your bad habits. As soon as you stop to think about it for a moment, you can dredge up all the bad habits you’ve ever had, from addictions to nervous behaviors to time-wasters. So often in Christianity, we focus on what we need to fix. Sometimes, the writers of the Bible lean strongly into what we see as our need to “behave”:

So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy."
1 Peter 1:13-16 NLT

However, the Bible is also full of the Lord’s grace and mercy and empowerment with regard to becoming like Him. We so often read passages like the one above without the perspective of this empowerment:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3 NLT

God has given us “everything we need for a godly life.” It isn’t in your power or mine, to “prepare our minds for action and exercise self-control;” it is “by his divine power.”

Sometimes, the best way to address our own self-perceived faults and failures is to look no farther than our successes in the Lord. Look across your life. Sure, you have habits you’re not proud of, but where has the Lord done a good work in you? What is your best habit? How did you get there? Celebrate the victory of knowing that God has supplied all that you need in that aspect of your life. Now, step by step, take that perspective of victory as a launchpad for greater victories in Christ Jesus.
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