We are a composite of our daily choices. A journey is taken one step at a time, so we must pay close attention to Whom we are following.
Proverbs 6:20-21 My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
Look at each of the examples given in this chapter:
- V1-One who makes risky business deals,
- V2-A person who has a habit of speaking out of turn,
- V4-A lazy person,
- V12-A troublemaker
Verses 16-19 list seven habitual actions that God hates:
- Haughty eyes,
- A lying tongue,
- Hands that shed innocent blood (see 1:10-14),
- A heart that devises wicked schemes,
- Feet that are quick to rush into evil,
- A false witness that pours out lies,
- And a person that stirs up dissension among the brethren.
The last example given is a man who has a habit of lust, whether it’s pornography or just checking out the girls. This passage comes to mind:
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
This is the habit we need: taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ!
Ladies, lest you think you are off the hook, holding another person in contempt is just as bad a habit. We must all strive to see people as Christ does:
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
His compassion is summed up in His Invitation:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
His Invitation is for us each day. May we take Him up on His offer and become true disciples. It may take a while, but we have His promise that it WILL happen:
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Let’s begin today to allow Him to recreate Christ in us.