REPENTANCE IS not so much a condition for forgiveness as a consequence of it. We human beings often hold back our forgiveness for some slight or hurt until we at least see signs of contrition. Not so with God: on the cross, the word of forgiveness is spoken first; it gives birth to one felon’s contrite cry. This truth changes the equation of salvation. When will we learn that we do not repent in order to find pardon? We repent because we discover how deeply we have been pardoned – how much we have been forgiven.
– Peter Storey
Listening at Golgotha: Jesus’ Words from the Cross
Wow . . . I’m speechless. Nothing much to say. But thank you . . .