July 20 Binding Behavior

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:33–40

Key verse: Psalm 119:35

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it.

Here’s how to handle a binding behavior:

Identify the problem behavior. Be honest with yourself or ask a trusted friend to be honest with you. Denying there’s a problem prevents you from experiencing true victory and hope.

Take responsibility for your behavior. No matter how small or large the behavior may seem, admit that it exists and you are responsible for its continued presence.

Trace it back to the source. Ask God to help you remember when you were programmed to feel or act a certain way. Low self-esteem, feelings of rejection, and helplessness all have beginning points. And all these behaviors lead to other habits that weaken your self-concept.

Forgive yourself and forgive others who have hurt you. Forgiveness does not mean the person who hurt you can walk away without being punished. Forgiveness is something you do for yourself so that you can experience freedom from bitterness and resentment. Harboring angry feelings can lead to physical and emotional health problems. God tells us that vengeance belongs to Him. Let the Lord have your hurt and pain, and He will take care of the situation.

Renew your mind with the truth of God’s Word. You will discover that God loves you more than you can imagine. You also will receive needed strength and hope.

Lord, forgive me and help me to forgive others who have hurt me. Help me to take responsibility for my behavior and make things right.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 211). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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