God is a forgiving God. God’s love for us is unconditional and the very foundation upon which we
are forgiven. No matter what we have done or how long we have been away, God is going to welcome
us back with loving, open arms. As we feel sorry for our sins and acknowledge our sinfulness,
we return to God time and time again. In doing so, we are making a decision to allow a radical change
God’s forgiveness and love for us are not just for us to receive a warm, fuzzy feeling and a clean
slate. God invites us to be transformed by being forgiven. God, then, gives us a task: not just to
avoid evil, but to work to overcome evil by doing good.
—Excerpted from “Forgiveness, Transformation, and Mercy“ by Becky Eldredge