I read where habits are formed in the mind. The more you do something is akin to making channels in your brain. The more you do something the deeper the channel; the more established the habit. That automatic behavior that is the habit is something you do almost without thinking, becoming so routine that it just happens. If the habit includes action there is even something called muscle memory – not that your actual muscles have memory capabilities, but the continued, or repeated, activity develops your muscle groups for that activity.
Philippians 4:8 says we are to think about what is ‘just’. Interesting word – it can mean several things, but the two that reappear with regularity in the Bible have to do with what is morally right, and the other meaning ‘exactly’.
Several times the word is used that someone did exactly (or just) as the Lord commanded. The important thing to note is that you can’t do exactly according to something without knowing exactly what the directions are. So to do exactly as the Lord commanded meant you had to be familiar with what the Lord commanded.
Some Biblical characters are described as being ‘just’ meaning they acted in a morally right and proper fashion. Used as an adjective it describes the habitual behavior that comes from a person’s character. Over time, character develops habits and habits are displayed in behavior.
Both of these uses mean we must familiarize ourselves with what God desires. Otherwise thinking and doing what is ‘just’; and doing it ‘just’ as the Lord asks is open to our own impressions, thoughts and feelings.
Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God…”
To be just, to do justice, a person must be thinking about what is just and that thinking will guide activities. Those activities will then become descriptors of the person’s character. Philippians request that we think about what is just is the first step in developing habits in the mind that will lead just behavior.
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