Originally Posted by MattHughesRocks
Yeah, it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it
Yeah, it's not fun.
In a good friend's sermons, he explains this. While God forgives sin, he doesn't necessarily remove the consequences of sin. He's not obliged to remove the consequences.
Then there's also the difference between punishment (what Jesus took for us) and discipline (what God still allows for the shaping of the beliver's
character, different from the unbeliever's experience). Just keep those tucked away. You may or may not find them coming up.
Whatever form that idea takes for encouraging your friend, I hope these concepts are useful in your arsenal. When the right time comes & you're able to talk with him more, pray that you'll be given the words that he needs to hear.
(These two ideas where really useful to share with my dad recently.)