The freedom to repent without punishment is a great thing. But, how often, is that opportunity given without punishment being administered? Repentance is the beginning for many to find the kingdom of God within. And, as Jesus said, it may take time. For this reason, when someone repents that we must forgive.
This is also the reason that Jesus repeatedly said, Do not commit adultery! Adultery requires repentance too. Furthermore, it may require much repentance because of the offences that came from it. Children living in households where adultery has been committed, are very likely to be hurt and to become fearful. Offences cause a shift in perception that only repentance with love and forgiveness can turn around. Adults must stop committing offences against children by committing adultery! Adultery is the root cause of many of the sins that our adult children are committing today. Save the first family!
Jesus said, “It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”(Luke 17: 1-4)