I would like to address the work of the Holy Spirit’s ability to transform the character of a believer, to produce true transformation of the heart.
Trust in the Holy Spirit’s ability to transform requires a suspension of judgment and criticism about failures and immaturities in the lives of other Christians.
Reminiscent of the old law versus grace debate, one side resists being putting under law and the other side claims grace is being abused.
Whatever the issue, most of us have experienced pressure towards conformity that actually circumvents the process of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. Transformation is a process that takes time, can be messy, and does not always proceed according to social priorities and timelines.
Freedom in Christ sounds so scary, so out of control. Surely someone will take advantage, someone will get hurt.
To trust that this Spirit-led transformation could work requires some assumptions. First, we must assume that the other person is a Christian. Next, we must believe that it is their desire to obey God. Finally, we must believe that the Holy Spirit is able to bring conviction to a believer’s heart.