James 4:7-10Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
This speaks of our relationship with God. We are to submit to God and His commands. Then draw closer to Him (desire to get to know Him better) and He will draw closer to us. It is then that we will be convicted of our sins and instead of living in ignorant bliss, we will acknowledge our sin and repent. When we humble ourselves before God's authority, He will forgive us, release us from the prison of sin, and lift us in freedom!