20 Scripture Verses On Habits

By July 30, 2018Rita Selle-Grider

20 Scripture Verses On Habits

“We become what we repeatedly do.” This famous quote from Sean Covey brings out the importance of habits, and more so of choosing good habits.

A habit is a learned behavioral pattern through frequent repetition. Habits become a powerful force for our character, either to the good or the bad. That’s why the Bible repeatedly pinpoints good and bad habits for daily living.

As Christians, we are called to even higher standards. Besides the living well habits, the Bible also emphasizes habits for becoming a highly effective Christian.

The focus in this Scripture verse collection will be on the daily living habits.

Old Testament

Proverbs 3:1 … Do not forget the law

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments

Psalm 5:3 … Seek the LORD in the morning

In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Proverbs 23:21 … Watch what you eat and drink

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

Proverbs 28:20 … Be faithful

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Psalm 37: 8 … Cease from anger

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

New Testament

Mark 7:20-23 … Be mindful of your thoughts

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Acts 20:35 … Help the poor

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Romans 12:17-21 … Repay no evil for evil

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Corinthians 11:1 … Be imitators of Christ

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Ephesians 4:32 … Be kind, forgive one another

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Philippians 4:8 Think about good things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Colossians 3:5-8 … Be pure

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Colossians 3:23 … Work as for the LORD

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 … Pray without ceasing

Pray without ceasing …

1 Thessalonians 5:18 … Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Timothy 2: 9, 10 … Power, love, self-control

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Hebrews 10:25 … Neglecting to meet

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 13:5 … Be content

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

James 1:19-20 … Be quick to hear, slow to speak

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak …

James 1:26 … Bridle your tongue

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

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