Habits are patterns of behavior that are regularly repeated and often occur without any conscious thought. A habit is an activity that has been started by a person and then is done regularly or repeatedly, quite often as an automatic process and is found challenging to stop. When someone has this habitual behavior they may not realize they are actually doing it. This is because it has become so routine in their life that it has become a sub-conscious activity.
We do not inherit habits from our parents but rather we learn them as we go through life. From the earliest years of our life we all have taken on habits. When we were children, it might be sucking a thumb or biting finger nails. When we are older, it may be eating breakfast at a particular time each day, overspending at the shops or procrastination.
We can have good habits and bad habits. Some people describe themselves by listing their character traits and habits. But this is what they have become and it can’t be changed. We should always remember that habits do not control us but rather we control the habits. So good habits can be learned and bad habits unlearned.
Habits are a very strong influence in our lives. This is because they are consistent, frequently unconscious activities that continually influence our behavior on a day to day basis. As a result, how effective or ineffective we are depends on these habits. Habits strongly influence our friends, our work and mostly our relationships. So managing our habits is far more important than we previously believed.
Titus 2 (NKJV) Qualities of a Sound Church
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
Good character is essential to following a Godly lifestyle. The same qualities that make us outstanding people - honest, fair and loving - also makes us followers of Christ. The qualities that make us disciples of Jesus also make us successful at our jobs and careers. These character qualities are interchangeable; you can be one and not be the other.
When people speak badly about each other, they are revealing the nakedness of each other to everyone. This dishonors not only the one being spoken about but even more, the one who speaks it. God tells us to cover each other and not reveal us naked.
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
Genesis 3:11 (NKJV)
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Who told you that you were naked?
What I think and what I believe will over time become not only a habit but who I am.