<<drifting apart>>

This is losing the former affection and fellowship that once was shared.

In relationships, and even in marriages, sometimes there comes an increasing separation between those who were once close. Rebellious teenagers become estranged from their parents when they refuse to be disciplined or guided. Unresolved tensions and differing goals are some

Don’t let estrangement from God or your family blight your life

reasons why rifts appear, and pride the reason why we humans do not humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness and remain in a cold war. While there may be an outward appearance of ‘togetherness’ the inner heart attitude towards either God or man is the opposite (Mt 15:8). Honest communication and connection must be maintained or reestablished in humility with those we love, for “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3).

The prime example is that of Adam and Eve, who when they sinned became estranged from God (Gen 3:8-11). Because "your sins have separated you from God" mankind has been in broken relationship with Him ever since, yet God has been consistently pursuing reconciliation (Isa 59:2; 2 Cor 5:19). Rebellion against His commands (sin) creates this estrangement from Him with no hope of forgiveness of sin and eternal life (Isa 53:6; Jn 3:19,20; Rom 6:23). The story of the prodigal son illustrates estrangement and reconciliation (Lk 15:11-32). Yet when we, like the head-strong son come to our senses, humble ourselves and confess our sin to God He promises to forgive with the separation ending and reconciliation beginning (Jn 3:16-18, 14:6; Act 2:38, 3:19; Rom 10:12,13). The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ puts an end to the estrangement for all who come to Him in faith (Jn 1:12).

See also: divorce, reconciliation, relationships, restitution/restore, separate.