“We humans, through our own, God-given, free will, have the capacity to turn our backs on God, to reject God. It’s not that God cannot forgive us, but God will only do what is holy and righteous. We, however, in our own selfish unforgiveness, block God from forgiving us — we reject His forgiveness, knowingly or unknowingly — we shut God out. God will not enter an unrepentant, hardened heart.”
(Fr Samuel Gantt, retired Orthodox priest)