Sin Has Made us Timid and Self-Conscious

The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty is eager to be friends with us.

But sin has made us timid and self-conscious, as well it might.  Years of rebellion against God have bred in us, a fear that cannot be overcome in a day.  The captured rebel does not enter willingly the presence of the king he has so long fought to unsuccessfully to overthrow.  But if he is truly penitent he may come, trusting only in the loving-kindness of his Lord and the past will not be held against him.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 67