Isn't it amazing that we -- sinners -- can be reconciled to God? We can be forgiven, restored, cleansed, and counted as righteous before the Lord. It is an amazing truth and reality that should never sound anything other than incredible.
The words of Jonathan Edwards are profound in this regard. He writes, "God stands ready to pardon those who have gone on in such a way for many years together. He is wholly willing to forgive and blot out all their transgressions so that they shall no more be mentioned -- not merely to forgive them but to abate them into His favor and to the enjoyment of Himself. And all this is only upon their turning from their sins and trusting in His for mercy in His way, without any satisfaction at all made by them or provided by any other than Himself."