Matthew 9:12-13, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I shall have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Repentance should not be painful or punished. In cultures where repentance is punished, the heart of the sinner gets harder. Repentance is the way that we clean ourselves and get in touch with our souls. This is the reason Jesus said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Our soul is the kingdom of heaven and God is our Father. We must never discourage repentance or reward it with punishment. We also may have to forgive seven times seventy. That is true love.