It may be that the supreme trials of life come after sin. After a person has yielded to temptation, or following a transgression when the person is wounded, cut, and torn is when the true character is known.
Sincere repentance brings with it great forgiveness. God’s love and mercy wait for all who truly repent — holding nothing back. But also know this: God is just, and his judgments in this world must be satisfied.
“If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me.” —Jeremiah 15:19