You’ve heard the old saying, “practice makes perfect.” It’s true. The more you do something, the better you get. The maxim is true with regard to all of life. Let’s fact it, we have some good habits and some bad habits. The more we practice a good habit, the more proficient we become. The more we practice a bad habit, the more entangled we become. When we try to break the bad habits we find it’s not easy.
People who do not trust Jesus Christ are ruled by something called sin. This principle of evil holds sway. The Bible says we are enslaved to this principle of evil within us. You get the picture when you realize what a hold habits like the regular use of alcohol and drug abuse really have. Some of these habits are so ingrained it seems they will never be broken and replaced.
The good news is that Jesus Christ is the power to both break bad habits and form new habits. Those who turn from their sin and trust in the sacrifice of Christ are delivered from bondage. Christ died and rose again “that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). This means Christians can break old habits and form new ones. The Bible says, “just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Romans 6:19).
In other words, because the evil principle of sin does not dominate you any longer [if you are really a Christian], you can break off that old habit and start doing what you know is right. You can practice it over and over again.
To help understand how the work of Christ allows you to form new habits, listen to today’s podcast, “Freedom to Grow in Christ.”