“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).
Habit can be defined as a behaviour pattern acquired by frequent repetition or exposure. It’s usually an acquired mode of behaviour that has become nearly or completely involuntary. This awareness is vital in our pursuit of spiritual victory. In order to break the patterns of destructive habits in our lives, we need spiritual reconditioning. To recondition, from a spiritual perspective, is to retrain or adapt ourselves to behave according to God’s Word.
Nowadays, there are many harmful habits believers tolerate and also very helpful habits believers neglect. To break sinful habits and to develop godly habits both require godly reconditioning. That is what the apostle in our text is referring to. He accepts responsibility for the process. So must we. Examples of destructive habits for believers are fearful talk, negative thinking, procrastination and slander, to name a few.
Dear friends, let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2).