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START SOME HOLY HABITS (2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-7:1). This morning, as we open to 2 Corinthians 6, let me remind you that: each of us, are creatures of habit.
Habits shape our lives; and little by little, our habits are cementing us into a form that will someday be finished, revealing us for who we really were.
William James (1842-1910), in his classic Principles of Psychology (1890), put it this way:
Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state. We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke or virtue or vice leaves its ever so little scar.
The drunken Rip Van Winkle, in Jefferson’s play, excuses himself for every fresh dereliction by saying “I won’t count this time! ”
Well! He may not count it, but it is being counted nonetheless. Down among his nerve cells and fibers, the molecules are counting it, registering and storing it up to be used against him when the next temptation comes. Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out. Of course, this has its good side as well as its bad one.
What Kind of Habits?
What kind of habits do you have this morning? And what are those habits making of you? Do you have some consciously chosen holy habits that are conforming you little-by-little, into the image of Christ, through His Word and Spirit?
Those were the questions on Paul’s mind as he wrote the longest of his writings to the church at Corinth. Paul wrote to seven churches, letters that total 73 New Testament chapters: (Rome [16], Corinth [29], Galatia [6], Ephesus [6], Philippi [4], Colosse [4], and Thessalonica [8]). Corinth received the most inspired chapters of God’s Word.
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