Forgiveness Brings Restoration

“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).

Job’s story is a difficult one to read for some people. In my experience, I actually read the book of Job during one of the most difficult periods of my life. The book helped me to identify with very difficult emotions. Counsellors believe that people who are hurting, sometimes need help with tapping into their emotions. This is because prolonged suppressing of difficult emotions can lead to numbness. This can result in symptoms of lethargy that can be described as a flat effect, where people struggle to express emotions. Therapists view the healthy expression of emotions in a safe environment, to be healthy and important for emotional well-being.

To summarise Job’s story, he lost everything from his children, his possessions and even his health came under attack. Job was a wealthy man, so he had a lot to lose, along with his seven sons and three daughters. Job actually took pride in his children and offered regular consecration to God on their behalf. When Job’s children died he did not accuse God or sin against him. “And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”” (Job 1:21). When Job’s health failed, his wife was frustrated with their existence. “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die”” (Job 2:9).

Job rebuked his wife and did not listen to her suggestions. His three friends came and sat with him as he grieved. For seven days they remained silent, as they understood how broken Job was. He spoke first and cursed the day his was born. After this, his friends spoke one at a time and each of them seemed to scold him for his words. They suggested that perhaps he had sinned and brought God’s wrath upon himself and accused him of being wicked. Each time they spoke, Job responded to defend himself. In the end, God himself responded to Job’s cries and lamentations. ““Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge” (Job 38:2)?

Following God’s challenge to Job, he confessed and repented before God for all that he has said. God also rebuked Job’s friends and instructed them to offer a sacrifice. In the end, Job was asked to pray for his friends so that God would turn his anger away from them. I wonder how easy it was for Job to pray for his friends, after they spent days speaking so harshly towards him. Imagine having friends like those when you have lost everything. Nevertheless, Job prayed for them. After he prayed, God restored to him twice as much as he had before. He had to have a heart of love and forgiveness towards his friends in order to pray for them. As he obeyed God and prayed, he was restore double.

I believe that bitterness and resentment can block the flow of restoration. “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18). Pray for the person who has hurt and offended you and trust God to restore you. Tell God how you feel and confess to him all of the difficult emotions that you are harbouring. God will heal you and restore you.

A.P.-Y.

35 thoughts on “Forgiveness Brings Restoration

  1. Good morning netta🙋‍♀️This is a beautiful summary of Job.
    And you steered it into a whole new direction: emotional well being.
    I also love what you said about forgiveness because I am currently trusting God and praying for restoration , so I am taking a hold of the issue of repentance .
    Have a great week💖

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    1. Amen 🙏🏾. This is our year to be restored. God reminded me last week that forgiveness is one of the main ingredients. It’s amazing what the word of God can accomplish. I am generally surprised when people find this book hard to read. I am not even sure how it helped when I was down and I don’t even know why I chose that book. It sure did lift me out of depression and anxiety. 🙏🏾❤️

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  2. Great word .
    Sometimes it’s difficult to let go when we are hurt but that’s the enemy’s strategy to keep us out of the blessings of God.You are right we have to repent first the God will refresh us
    Acts 3:19

    Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord

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  3. The non-denomination I came out of could be very matter-of-factly at times, that you came away feeling that not even God understands, and they would put away mercy and forget that God’s Word says…

    “…Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
    Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ…”
    Galatians 6:1-2

    Remember when Peter confused the brethren, and they were carried away in their “dissimulation “? (Galatians 2) I also learned to castigate the fallen.

    I’m still learning to put that away, and learn to see the grace and mercy for them as I would like to have for myself.

    Thank you for your expression of Job, it is a blessing.

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  4. In my ‘through the Bible’ studies, I’m in the middle of Job – thank you for opening up good points here.
    While I wanted to just plow through Job, I’m going to slow down a bit and glean more understanding.
    Thanks Anneta, stay cool sister! 😎

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  5. Anneta, thank you for sharing this wonderful insight into Job. I had never thought of this and I learnt something new today. Made me think and reflect on when I tend to hold onto small annoyances and what that might be hindering.

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      1. Hey Anneta, when I was going through the lowest point in my life, I was pregnant and therefore I spent those nine months reading through the entire bible. Prior to my walk thought the Bible, I could adamantly point my finger at all the problematic 👉🏽’persons’ in my life!! How I praise the Lord, because during those 9 months, I finally met the Holy Spirit, who taught me how to point that very same finger at my self-righteous self👈🏽!!
        What a life-transforming experience🔥

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  6. Healing and forgiveness are inextricable linked. A healthy heart is the result of a clear conscience. In my own experience obedience is the path to a clear conscience…

    Blessings to you!
    BT

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  7. When I am enduring a painful trial, I think of what Job learned from all of the pain he endured. In Job 42:5 He says, Now my spiritual eye sees You. The Lord always has a blessed afterward from our pain. The blessings are far greater than the pain, though we cannot see it in the midst of our suffering. I would sometimes ask the Lord if I was missing something and maybe that was why it was lasting so long. We have lessons to learn that are so very vital to our growth. He knows what we need and loves us more than we can comprehend. What greater blessing is there than to see the Lord!

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