Keep Practicing

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” But this isn’t entirely true… only perfect practice makes perfect. So a good question is: what are you practicing? Because you might not want to be perfect at everything.

For example, the Apostle John said, “Whoever abides in Him does not [practice] sin. Whoever [practices] sin has neither seen Him nor known Him” (1 John 3:6, AMP). Obviously, no one is sin-free. But it should be our daily goal to keep the flesh under control and minimize the sin in our life. Yet, when we fail (and we will), we are encouraged to “Confess our sins, [for] God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

So sin is inevitable. But there’s a difference between sinning and practicing sin.

The Bible says, “He who [practices] sin is of the devil, for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). I’d never tell anyone they were of the devil, but the scriptures clearly tell us that continual habits of sinning are certainly not influenced by God.

There’s a sign in my office that reads:

[Tweet “Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character.”]

This reminds me that anything I practice regularly will become a habit, and my habits define my character. “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7). The definition of practice is a repeated performance for the purpose of acquiring proficiency. I know none of us are trying to become proficient at sinning, but I like this definition in the other sense… I want to become proficient in righteousness. In other words, I want to have regular habits in my life that honor and please God.

I believe you do too. So pay attention to your habits… and keep practicing that which is good!