Crime and Punishment

Does God punish us through the actions of others? One of my characters is wondering this causing me to wonder about it, too. A loved one becomes sick and her deteriorating health now takes up a majority of the character’s time. Diaper changes, baths in the bed, feeding and dressing have him believing that God is punishing him by making the one person he loves the most suffer thus dragging him down at the same time. He realizes it’s a test of his love for this woman, he knows the situation is not going to get any better, there will be no peace until she passes on or he totally wears himself out and he also believes that it is because of misdeeds in his past. As a government assassin he has murdered several people who’s crimes he thought were no worse than his own. Does God have that in mind as he tortures this man’s loved one?

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