Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."
Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." 2 Samuel 12:13-14
HTML clipboardDavid's experience is very instructive to us. While it teaches us that God can and will forgive us, if we repent of our great and gross sins — yet it also teaches us that sin is an evil and a bitter thing; and that, though the guilt of it may be removed, the evil consequences of it will cling to us and be a subject of sorrow to us — until God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes!
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You may want to read Arthur Pink's insightful and superb one page article on the same topic, "David's Terrible Sin!"