The Imperative to Virtue Gap

As I teach and train about spiritual formation one of the things I talk about a lot is what I call "the imperative to virtue gap." Specifically, when it comes to spiritual formation we tend to traffic in imperatives: "Do this. Be that." We want people to be more kind so we tell everyone, "Be kind." We want people to stoping stressing out so we say, "Don't worry." We want people to love more and say, "Love others." All we do is push imperatives. Do this. Be that.

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