Forgiveness is a tricky thing.
I always had the mindset that forgiveness was something I had to earn from God through doing good works and confessing my sins.
Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
— Eph 4:32
But the truth is that our loving God has already forgiveness. So what’s the point of reconciliation, of asking for forgiveness?
Because it’s not a one shot thing. God gives us great gifts, the most amazing is Christ Himself. But we fall away.
We wander. We ignore. We even intentionally distance ourselves from Him.
So we need to come back. To reconcile. To apologize. To resolve permanent change in our lives.
But we always need to retain hope that God is there to forgive.