There is great naîvité amongst Christians who think that because sin is so freely forgiven by Yah'shua (Jesus) upon confession and genuine repentance (that includes forsaking it completely) that there are no consequences. They believe that just because the slate is wiped clean in heaven that it will be plain sailing here on earth thereafter.
"Be at peace among yourselves" (1 Thess.5:13, NKJV).
Nothing could be further from the truth. Earth life is like a huge pond in the physical and psychic dimensions. Throw a large rock into a pond and waves will not only be sent out but bounce back when they hit the pond's banks, and interact with every other object that may be on the pond's surface, sometimes making complex waves and ripples that all mix together into a jumbled up symphony of chaos. When we commit sin, we send out waves that hit other people and bounce back to give us trouble even after we have been cleaned and forgiven through making teshuvah (repentance). Sometimes we collide with their waves. And the bigger the sin, the bigger the backlash in life. There's no escaping this for the simple reason that people are not Elohim (God) and few forgive us our trespasses as He does. That's why we are urgently required to forgive other's sins against us as a condition of receiving Yahweh's forgiveness (Mt.6:12; Lk.11:4; 1 Jn.1:9).
You only have to look at the life of King David, the belovèd friend of Yahweh, to see that this is true. He committed the two worst sins there are - murder and adultery - and experienced a vicious backlash for the rest of his life. He made his shalom (peace) with Yahweh though many tears but he paid with turmoil in his family and kingdom that included rape, incest, death, mutiny, disease, civil war and all the grief that these bring. The Psalms are full of his spiritual agony because of his foolishness. One act of uncontrolled lust lead to so much misery.
Don't ever let the devil cheapen grace when he says that it's OK to sin because you'll be 'forgiven' anyway. It doesn't work like that. It can take you a lifetime to untie all the knots in damaged relationships and usually you can't. Few of David's enemies ever made peace with him - they harrassed him all his life and would have killed him had not Yahweh prevented them.
Sin has huge consequences here on earth even after deliverance and we must be prepared to live with them. That is reality and I won't pretend otherwise. Many believers pretend this is not so and just block out thre wickedness they have done as though it will magically disapprear. The people we hurt will remain hurt untless that find Yahweh's shalom (peace) or we make right what we have done wrong. I know one minister who dumped his whole family and ran off to start another ministry. He does not know how all of that is going to suddenly catch him up and destroy his labour. I know another who stole money from other believers and justified his theft because of his ministerial need. The hound of financial hell is on his heels and he too does not realise that his labour will be destroyed unless he repents.
The only way we can pass through the waters of life without being overwhelmed by the consequences of sin is by throwing ourselves at the feet of the Master and clinging tightly to Him. You can choose not to do this in which case you are multiplying your woes for not only are you torpedoing your future in the eternities but you are unquestionably going to make life while you are still on earth orders of magnitude harder. And that is so unnecessary! Only stubborn foolishness persuades people to cling onto sin and not make teshuvah (repent).
What would have happened if David hadn't repented or his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband Uriah? If you think his troubles after spiritual deliverance were tough, consider the woes of his predeessor, King Saul, who did not repeent and instead waged a murderous war on Yahweh's servants like David and on Yahweh Himself. He perished on the battlefield unsaved with his righteous son Jonathan dead beside him and his House in ruins. Only David's magnanimity prevented his whole household being wiped out because of his folly. And look at the idiot Solomon who, once endowed with so much wisdom, plunged into idolatry and sin without ever repenting because of his decision to over-marry and unite with pagan women - he went the same way as Saul.
So don't believe the other lie of the enemy that says there's no point in repenting because life will continue to have its troubles because of the consequences of our sins - only a fool thinks that way. "Life's a bitch, and then you die" is what you can expect if you choose to do things without Yahweh in your own strength. And don't forget all the other people you may be dragging down into hell with you who are convinced into beliving your lies about life and people.
Measure up and be a true man or woman. Repent and at least secure simcha (joy) in the eternities and navigate the rest of this life in safety and with inner shalom (peace) whilst doing a good labour for the Master. You'll be loved and cherished by those who love the Master and find deep meaning and satisfaction in life, in spite of the darkness round about.
David's first wife, Michal, was foolish in a different way. After her father, Saul, turned on her husband, he forced her to commit adultery by giving her a new 'husband', Paltiel. We don't know if she resisted or not but the impression I get is that she not. When, after Saul's death, David made this right and sent a very unhappy Paltiel away and brought Michal home (2 Sam.3:12-16), and was restored to his lawful first wife, she made no effort to get right with her husband and ended up despising him. She died childless and bitter because of her unrepentant lev (heart), a tragic ending for what had begun so well.
Yahweh does not promise paradise on earth, and there hasn't been one here since Adam and Eve fell, and there won't be one here until Yah'shua (Jesus) returns. History alone should testify of that to the most ardent sceptic, which is one reason I advise people to study history carefully, for those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Every attempt by man to build Utopia has ended up in tyranny, both religious and secular. We must deal with reality and operate within Yahweh's parameters if we aren't going to throw away the only chance to get things right for the eternities.
Life has been hard for me and sometimes very painful both because of my own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others that have impacted me. But without Yah'shua (Jesus) I would have been nothing and have accomplished nothing worthwhile. Today I have great contentment in what I do in spite of the continual opposition round about. I know in Whom I trust, I knowe His power and ability to deliver, I know why I am here, and I know what awaits the faithful. I have many fences to repair and simply await the right moment to do so. I wish to make peace with all who will make peace - at the very least to either persaude people to 'live and let live' and my fondest desire, to be in union with them in Messiah in the sure knowledge of an eternal glory that we can sample here and enjoy in the fullness over there. But I will not make peace at the expense of emet (truth) nor compromise my salvation to appease the carnal nature of man. I accept that there will be those who want to continue to make war until my death - for these I pray and take the necessary steps to make sure they are kept fettered at a distance. I rest in my Fortress Yahweh and know my blood-covering in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus).
I pray that these truths sink in where they are needed so that all may have shalom (peace).