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2023 05 17

Good morning.

As we go through life we'll face lots of pain. We'll be unfairly criticized for reasons we don’t quite understand. That, however, is not an excuse to become bitter.

Just ask Job!

"His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong."

(Job 2:9‭-‬10 NLT) (Saddleback Church) shares three steps of refocusing, when bitterness threatens to take over, that we learn from Job.

1. Put your heart right. That means you forgive. Only Jesus can give you that power.

2. Reach out to God. Ask him to heal those wounds and give you strength and power for tomorrow, next week, and next month.

3. Face the world again, being firm and courageous. Resume your life; don’t retire from it. Get back out there in the world.

There’s a happy ending to Job’s life. "The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part." (Job 42:12)

The lesson of Job’s life is this: It doesn’t matter who’s hurt you or how long you’ve been hurt or how deeply you’ve been hurt, God can make the rest of your life the best of your life if you’re willing to forgive, let go of resentment, and release the offender.


Mike and Daphne

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