What blocks forgiveness is not God’s reticence, but ours. God’s arms are always extended, we are the ones who turn away.

We are accustomed to finding a catch in every promise, but Jesus’ stories of extravagant grace include no catch, no loophole disqualifying us from God’s love. Each has at its core an ending too good to be true—or so good that it must be true.

– Philip Yancey (Luke 15:20)