First, a little bit about Debbie Lynne
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
Sword of Forgiveness
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
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Thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog! A great big Ahoy Mates to all your crew! You’ll find a common theme in Sword of Forgiveness. Forgiveness as you’ve probably guessed is what both my hero and heroine struggle with, but they struggle with different types of forgiveness.
Let’s start with Brithwin. She was raised by a cruel father who enjoyed making her life miserable. Even in his death Brithwin can’t let go of what he did to her. She hates him for it. In our own lives don't we find this same thing? Someone has wronged us and the first thing we do is recoil in self-protection. It’s not easy to show mercy, and grace when someone has hurt us. Why should we be understanding when they are the ones who wronged us?
I’m sure many of you have heard this saying, unforgiveness is like drinking a bottle of poison and hoping it will kill your enemy. When we harbor unforgiveness, we relive it, we think about what we should have said or done, we think of what we’d like to do to that person, which causes conflict inside us and affects our walk with the Lord.
But the bible is quite clear on the subject. Forgiveness is a choice! The Lord’s prayer says forgive our trespassors as we forgive those who trespass against us. Colossians 3:13 tells us to bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Sometimes we have to lay the desire to stay angry at the Lord’s feet every day and choose forgiveness until it gets easier and easier to say, “that’s behind me and I’m not going to think about it anymore.”
Royce’s struggle with forgiveness was different from Brithwin’s in that Royce didn’t believe God would forgive him of his sins. He’s committed some sins that cost lives and Royce didn’t believe God could see past that. Do you know anyone like that? They don’t think God will forgive them? Well, I have to ask Royce this. Why did Christ die on the cross? To forgive our sins I think we all will agree. So if Christ’s blood washed away all our sins how can God hold it against us? Is Christ blood limited? No! So if Christ died for all our sins that no matter what your sin is God can and will forgive you if you repent with a true repentant heart.
I said there were 3 different types of forgiveness in this story you see Royce struggles with another forgiveness and that is forgiving himself. That’s a tough one. Sometimes we do something we really regret and we are so sorry for what we’ve done but no matter how sorry we are we can’t change the consequences of our actions, thus we have a hard time forgiving ourselves.
What we have to remember is that we were created by an awesome God. A God of mercy, and grace, and love, and forgiveness. And if a God who knew no sin can forgive us than who are we to say we will not forgive EVEN if it is ourselves that we must forgive? I’m just so glad we serve a Father who loves us so much that He forgives us and wants us to forgive ourselves.
So what about you? Do you struggle with any of these types of unforgiveness? What are some of the consequences you see from people who don’t forgive?
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