Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “Walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NASB)
Our thought for today: “You have to be intentional about it.”
Biblical virtues don’t just automatically spring up in our lives all by themselves. Exactly the opposite is true. We are sinful by nature and if left to ourselves, our thinking and conduct will be self-centered and evil. We are not good people by nature, we are sinners by nature.
If you want to be a virtuous person living a life of moral excellence you will have to work for it. It will have to be intentional. You must take the time to learn Biblical virtues, and then you must make the effort to incorporate them into your life. That will necessarily involve replacing old bad habits with new good ones.
But bad habits don’t just lie down, roll over, surrender, and die. They have to be killed-off. Bad habits are usually deeply ingrained. Chances are pretty much 100% that if you are a negative person today, when you wake up tomorrow morning you will still be a negative person (only more so because you will have had one more day of practice at it).
Bad habits are stubborn little buggers. Killing them off takes intentionality, structure, and discipline. You have to want it, you have to put the structure of new habits in place, and then you have to discipline yourself to stick with the new, better, virtuous practices until they become your new habits. That can be hard, but not impossible (especially since the Holy Spirit will help you do it).
Pray that God will help you to see which virtues most need to be developed in your life. Then find some Bible verses which teach about those virtues and memorize them so you can repeat them to yourself many times throughout the day. Then put a plan in place to help you begin moving away from the old bad habit, and to begin developing a new and better way of living. It usually takes twenty-one days for a new practice to start to become a habit. After that, the longer you practice your new virtue the more deeply ingrained it will become and the easier it will be to stick with it.
Being a virtuous person is a way of living that is intentional and it has to be cultivated. You have to work at it.