Why refer to the traditional disciplines of Jesus as the habits of Jesus? The word habit, as a daily behavioral pattern, is better understood and does not have all the negative baggage we often associate with the word discipline. Also, the word habit describes a behavioral pattern that is acted-out in a way that requires more than our conscious efforts (See the Appendix: Forming Habits). When we participate in Jesus’ seven habits it is Christ Jesus alone who empowers us to experience a new relationship with God and one another. We are acting out behaviors that don’t depend simply on our own efforts, but instead upon the transforming power of Christ’s death and resurrection within us. The Apostle Paul put it this way, It is no longer I who lives, but it is Christ who lives within me (Gal 2:30). To become more like Christ is not about trying to change our lives, but allowing Christ to exchange his life for ours (2 Cor 5:17).