It is important to separate forgiveness from consequences. In this story, David confessed and repented of his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. God forgave David's sins, but He didn't relieve David of a very severe consequence — the death of his son. Don't you know it grieved God to deliver the consequence to a broken man, but He knew the consequence completed the lesson?
Even when we forgive our child for an act of disobedience, a consequence still is necessary. It can be tough to follow through with consequences, especially after we've received a sincere apology, but it is necessary in order to teach them that their lives are truly affected by the choices they make.
Forgiveness and consistent consequences are a mark of a parent's love.
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