By Francis Frangipane
Holiness is attained only through an unfolding experience with the grace of God.
Removing the Barriers Caused By Sin
you ever had a close friend but talked critically about him to someone
else? The next time you were together, did you notice something almost
artificial about your relationship? You were not as open nor as honest
with him. Because of your sin, there was a small but measurable distance
between both of you. Though you may have been ashamed of what you did,
if you stayed unrepentant, you actually started to avoid the one you
hurt - if not socially, at least with your eyes and heart.
may have shared a world together beforehand, but now the
interpenetration of personalities, the sense of being "at home" in one
another's soul, is gone. Unless there is repentance, the distance
between you will probably widen until the relationship itself is over.
Although neither of you may understand why you drifted apart, the love
you possessed died because you sinned and failed to repent.