When Jesus spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul had just helped murder Stephen and possibly many other Christians. But Jesus merely said to Paul that the way he had chosen was difficult, and to follow him instead. Jesus didn’t discuss Paul’s mistakes. Nor did the father of the prodigal son discuss his boy’s “sins against heaven.” God doesn’t dwell on our errors. Do we know better than God what to think about? All any mistake requires is correction.
— Hugh Prather, Spiritual Notes to Myself, p. 138