I find them troubling, too. I’ve got to tell you that there are countless Christians whose sins are forgiven, but who are now weeping over the consequences of their sin. Some Christians believe that once they have confessed their sin, God miraculously deflects the fruit of their sin away from them. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” But don’t misunderstand this wonderful verse. While our sins are forgiven by God through Christ’s work on the cross, it doesn’t mean that we will necessarily escape the resulting backlash from our conduct. God does forgive sin and give us eternal life, but if we are convicted of a crime, our salvation doesn’t necessarily keep us from imprisonment.
As Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” There are consequences that come as a result of sinful thoughts and actions. Yes, there is forgiveness, but there are also, in many cases, heartbreaking results of sin.