Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.
Hosea 6:1 (NIV)
The Bible teaches us that God does not consider our sins to reject or forsake us. He Himself declared in Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake; and I will not remember thy sins (ERV)."
Does this mean that we are free to sin because He is ready to forgive us? Far from it, He is rather ready to take us in His arms despite our sins and to give us new life and to purify us. What He demands of us in return is sincere and genuine repentance. "Sincere" is to confess with all one's heart. "Genuine" is having real regrets about what we did that displeases Him.
When He looks at us, He sees the sacrifice of the cross instead of our sinfulness, for Christ suffered for the forgiveness of our sins. However, God's forgiveness does not remove the consequences of our sins. King David, the man after God's own heart, is a living example.
When God corrects us, He can use any means to do so. Basically, what counts is the purification of our souls and the reconciliation He has restored with us.