It’s probably safe to say we have all experienced hurt at one time or another. Hurts come in the form of disappointments, misunderstandings, downright meanness, and the list goes on.
The other day I was reading a passage in the book of Matthew chapter 26. Jesus was arrested and his disciples abandoned Him. I expect that hurt Him deeply. Can you imagine being abandoned by your best friends in your greatest hour of need?
I realize Jesus came to this world with a purpose, but he had human emotions and feelings. He was hurting, yet He understood their fear and forgave them, just as He has forgiven us multiple times.
Forgiving isn’t as easy as it sounds. In my new release Island Refuge Zoe was deeply wounded by people who were supposed to love her. She comes to realize that if she doesn’t forgive them she will never be able to be happy or be able to move on with her life. In fact not forgiving them hurts her more than it hurt the people who wronged her.
I encourage you today to forgive if you are hanging on to hurt. It’s not easy but with the Lord’s help it’s possible. Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things with His strength.
Kimberly Rose Johnson, writer, blogger, and soon to be empty-nester, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their yellow lab. Island Refuge is her sixth published book and the first in a series of three. Kimberly enjoys long walks, chocolate, and mochas, not necessarily in that order.
Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Did she make a mistake?
Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.
Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the future . . . together.
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