The Duggar family recently shared that Josh has finished his six month rehabilitation for pornography and adultery. In a family statement on their website, they said:
"Josh has completed his residential rehabilitation program. We are so thankful for everyone who worked with Josh in this program. It was a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family. We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him. We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead."
But the road ahead for Josh and the family's relationships will be hard won. While the family strongly believes in forgiving, the Duggar sisters recently shared in a People magazine interview that trust must be earned.
"I definitely have forgiven Josh. It is a process, though, that you have to work through in your heart," Jessa shared. "And trust is not quickly rebuilt. It is something that takes a while. We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future."
Her younger sister Joy echoed the same: "I have forgiven him and I feel that, but the trust is not there."
We empathize for this family! They believe in love and forgiveness, but it's hard when someone has repeatedly shattered your trust! Let's pray for the whole family--Josh included--that they will find deep healing. How do you feel?