Basil the Great — Be aware of God’s compassion…

Be aware of God’s compassion, that it heals with oil and wine.  Do not lose hope of salvation.  Remember what is written- the one who falls shall rise again, and the one who turns away shall turn again; the wounded is healed; the one caught by wild beasts escapes; the one who confesses is not rejected.  For the Lord does not want the sinner to die, but to return and live.  There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change.  Have you fallen?  Rise up, Have you sinned?  Cease.  Do not stand among sinners, but keep away from them.  For when you turn back and weep, then you will be saved.
Basil the Great, in a letter to a monk who had sinned