Earthly Consequences Remain
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me (Psalm 51:2–3).
Yes, of course God forgave Karla Faye, just as He forgives anyone who genuinely repents. Jesus died for our sins, but understand that the sacrifice was to get us right with God, not to protect us from earthly consequences.
Look at the story of David. After being guilty of adultery, abuse of power, murder, and cover-up, the guilt of his sin clung to him. Then he confessed his sin to God before a priest and was instantly forgiven by God. But although God instantly forgave David, He did not remove the negative consequences of his sins. For the rest of his life, David dealt with those consequences through a disillusioned family.With repentance and confession, God forgives instantly. But He doesn't remove the consequences of our sin. We have to live with them.
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