22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22-26, NRSV
From yesterday: If we aren’t paying attention to our character then we may have meaningful spirituality.
It’s important to note, though, that character is also communal and not simply individual. When Paul writes about character he is telling groups of people who they need to bind together to be. And, our character is not something we’re solely responsible for creating. It is a gift that comes to us as a consequence of life in the spirit which is, in part, shaped by our spiritual disciplines.
I hope what’s becoming clear is that a well-rounded spiritual life is like a kaleidoscope. There are multiple parts that come together to create a whole, but it’s not totally clear where the beginning of the image is. It’s not totally clear which piece does what. Spirituality is the product of drawing on a number of different thoughts, practices, and ideals and trusting that God weaves them together into a meaningful whole as he shapes us, as people, into a group that embodies His character and will.