2 Peter 1:5-9 NIVUK
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is short-sighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

There is a fascinating dynamic at play in our lives – it is God who calls us, forgives us and heals us, making us whole again, we can’t do it without the work of his Spirit, and yet, we are called to participate in this process as well rather than just be idle bystanders. Whilst the Spirit transforms us, we are called to seek to develop our character too, training and making the most of what we have and are given.

Spirit, help me to tone my character today like an athlete his or her muscles!