And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
–1 Corinthians 14:32-33
When the saints fellowship in a context in which they can freely share, they become accountable for that liberty before God–which requires them to accept responsibility for their own conduct–and to grow spiritually.
Will problems arise within assemblies?
As in life, opportunities for growth are often cleverly disguised as ‘problems.’
After all, life is nothing more than a series of choices, and liberty to share freely within the assembly (and to live out our faith according to our conscience) necessitates that saints actually learn how to respond to the leading of the Spirit, while simultaneously learning to value the contributions and conscience of other saints.
The inevitable fruit of this process [if we trust the Holy Spirit enough to initiate it] is that self-control increases in the lives of all the saints: and God’s order, a divine order, reigns among His people.
[Of course, no man grows in faith without growing in love; and no man grows in self- control without also growing in patience and hope and meekness. Where we find an increase in one fruit, we are certain to find an increase in them all.]