A soldier once asked Abba Mios if God accepted the repentance of a sinner. And the Abba, after teaching him in various ways, said:
"Tell me, my beloved, if you tear your robe, do you throw it out?"
"No," he responded, "I mend it, and then I use it again."
"If you, therefore, feel sorry for your clothing," the Elder told him, "does not God feel sorry for His own creation?"
(from the Evergetinos, source)