“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” James A Garfield

I became a Christian when I was five. I wasn’t performing the gravest sins back then, but in 1991 Holy Spirit imputed His righteousness to me. Since then, He’s been gradually exposing parts of me which need transformation.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

It’s been during lockdown that the Holy Spirit has laid bare some of my most hideous character flaws and hurts which I’ve unwittingly tried to repress. Gently, and without condemnation as I have journeyed with lifegroup on “Freedom in Christ course”, more of the grubby stuff in my heart which needs transformation, some thirty years on from where I began has emerged. I’m ashamed to say, I thought I was MUCH purer than I am!!!! But I’m glad He did this because….

“The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own.” Hebrews 12:6

It’s His job to reveal our real motives, our impurities and our sinful actions. If He didn’t, we would be illegitimate children. One day, Christians and non- Christians will ALL stand before the judgment seat and have to account for our lives (2 Corinthians 5:10). We must ask ourselves so far have we ignored the promptings of Holy Spirit or are we continuing to heed His correction and change course when we sin? Do we ask Holy Spirit to magnify the areas of our character which need help or do we just plod along and sweep the ‘faulty parts‘ under the carpet hoping no one can see?

There is ‘saving faith’ and ‘persistent faith’. The former is what we must be concerned about for those who don’t know Christ yet: that they need saving from hell- from perpetual torment and abandonment from God. A place of no love whatsoever. Abysmal, literally.

The latter is what as Christians WE must be concerned with… continuing our faith, daily, even hourly. Being open to the Holy Spirit correcting us in love so that we might be more intimate with Him and so that we may be healed of traumas and self-defensive ways of coping.

There is MUCH suffering in this world: be it relational breakdown, unfair treatment, various forms of abuse and physical ailments. Paul knew all of these full well, as did Jesus. Some are a consequence of sin that hasn’t been dealt with in you or sometimes in another person, offloading its effect on you.

Hallelujah, we know that this Earth isn’t it- that in heaven ALL of creation will be made perfect.

Till then, who can you pray for that Holy Spirit will convict of their need of saving from hell? And just as importantly, will you today ask Holy Spirit to show YOU areas of sin He needs to be allowed to transform- those parts you have found too painful? He is desperate to heal your whole being.

Alison Sutton