Repent: The Merciful God is Near

“Repentance: The Lord does not will the death of a sinner but rather that he should change and live. There is a time of long-suffering, a time of healing, a time of correction.

Have you stumbled?   Arise.  

Have you sinned?    Cease.

Do not stand in the way of sinner, but spring away. Out of labour comes health, out of sweat salvation. Beware lest, from your wish to keep certain obligations, you break your obligations to God. Do not sink back. There is salvation, there is amendment. The doors are not yet shut; the Bridegroom hears; make the effort, Jesus is merciful, the Kingdom is at hand.”    (St. Basil the Great in Through the Year with the Church Fathers, p 102)