The Sanctification Spiral

In an article about sanctification for The Gospel Coalition, Wendy Alsup writes, “When you feel ‘stuck,’ when you feel like you are continually rehearsing the same struggles, remember this: sanctification is not an endless, repetitive circle. It is a growing spiral in which each round penetrates more deeply into our identity as fallen, but redeemed, image-bearers of God. Spiritual growth can be a long, slow process—with one step backward for every two steps forward—but as you trust in Christ, God will complete the work he has begun in you (Phil. 1:6). Remember: your spiral is not a circle!” (Article source:

Sanctification is not a linear line that keeps going up no matter what. We may struggle and fall and the Holy Spirit will continue to work in us to make us more like Christ.