"And race one another towards Forgiveness from your Lord
and towards a Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth,
prepared for the righteous..."
(Al-Qur'an, Surah Aal Imran, Verse 133)
Interesting that the mention of Forgiveness in this verse precedes the mention of Paradise. Perhaps this is to suggest that seeking God's Forgiveness is the way to Paradise, that entry to Paradise is impossible without humility before God, that Forgiveness tilts one's balance of deeds to be worthy of Paradise...