“In Romans chapter 6 verse 2 Paul refers to “the believer died to sin.” In verse 6, however, the old self is “crucified” – a slow and agonizing form of death. The ” body of sin” is not suddenly wiped out, but gradually rendered powerless. This metaphor describes a struggle that continues throughout a believer’s life.”
The Christian life is one of constant growth, but also one of constant death. In order for there to be room for Christlike, righteous, holy growth, that which is sinful (separates us from God), unholy, or “worldly” must die off and be removed. Hard parts of our hearts must be softened to be cultivated. These are processes, they take time. It is not a magic trick to be “saved,” but it certainly is magical to be transformed.