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Luke 17:3-4

3 So watch yourselves!

“If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

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What started as some college drama turned into an important spiritual journey for Jonny Diaz. Forgiveness is a journey and in today’s video, Jonny paints a very practical picture of what that can look like in everyday life.

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21 comments
  1. Profile photo of lorilu

    Thank you for sharing that very relatable situation!
    : )
    It truly is a blessing of release and freedom when we are finally able to let go and forgive, move on and from a God place in our hearts, pray for those people who have hurt us.
    Blessings abound in forgiveness- ours from FatherGod and the forgiveness we share with others.
    So thankful for His strength to forgive and let go!

    • Profile photo of Pastor Dave WAY-FM

      Your words, Lorilu, show the freedom you are truly enjoying. Thanks for encouraging us all!

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    Ann

    Jonny, I love your music and appreciate you sharing your story. I was also happy to learn you’re a fellow FSU Alumni, so go Noles. College drama is an easy thing to fall into but it really is a blessing regardless of the situation to be able to forgive and have that peace and serenity and freedom that comes from it. That comes from giving things to God. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but worth it.

  3. Profile photo of douglasacts1038

    Amen… Forgivness is such an important part of our lives. Our Lord taught on the subject several times as did Paul in his letters. For me the importance of living a life of forgivness comes from the parable Jesus told in Matthew 18:21-35. The story of the Unforgiving Servant has brought me to a deeper understanding of my responsibility as His servant. The examples of Stephen in Acts 7 and Our Lord at Calvery being on that Cross and asking the Father to “forgive them for they know not what they do” shows me that this life in Christ isn’t about me…. Thank You Lord for all You have done and do!!!

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    Carl

    Thank you for sharing your story!

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    Katie

    I had someone in my life like that that was a struggle because we had dated somehow we are still friends but I’ve completely forgiven the person enough to know I can have peace about the whole situation

    • Profile photo of Pastor Dave WAY-FM

      I like Jonny’s statement: I’m happy; I hope you’re happy. Glad that you too have found our Lord’s joy through this!

  6. Profile photo of Julie Pitts

    This verse is the most confusing verse about forgiveness. It says “if there is repentance” forgive the person. Ok but We are talking about forgiving all that have harmed us in some way across the board forgiveness. But this clearly states if there is repentance. Repentance means “turning from” that sin. The person that raped me twice denied he did that and then did further damage and lied and said I had an affair with him. I did forgive this person and others who had sexually abused me. BUT they did not repent. They kept on with the behavior and may still be doing those things today. But I chose to forgive anyway. And I think it is like Jonny said the forgiveness of those crimes against me was for MY PEACE. I think the repentance here id where their forgiveness from God will come in.

    • Profile photo of Klparker350

      I’m so sorry for all you went thru! I have been harmed in similar ways, and can understand your confusion regarding this verse. I just wanted to say it is important with this verse to note it says “if a believer sins…” now who are we to say for sure whether those people are believers or not but I’d say it is safe to assume that if they were believers they would have been sensitive to the Holy Spirits conviction and been open to repentance. I do not believe in any way this verse on forgiveness speaks about the unbeliever but only of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Aside from this I’m glad you found strength within God to forgive those that so horribly harmed you and I pray God continues to work healing in and through you!!!!!! Much love!

    • Profile photo of Pastor Dave WAY-FM

      I am so glad, Julie, that you have found that Jesus Christ can heal the deepest wounds. I wish I could reverse the bad things of my life, but Christ’s healing gives me a side of His Grace I never would have known otherwise. Your peace is a tremendous victory. Thanks for sharing your courage!

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    Susan

    thanks for sharing that Jonny. forgiveness releases the chains from me… how true Yes, we can release chains from others too, but often it is us. (I was the one hurting & chained for words & actions against me. the other person never asked forgiveness & is still unaware or unwilling to admit wrong; but I am free!)

  8. Profile photo of AprilJolene

    What you shared IS so refreshingly relatable. Too often I’ve seen “college drama” just morph into “work drama,” particularly where I work now. Glad both of you could move past the pain/trouble and find forgiveness; I need to do that more with the people in my life.

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    Dori

    THANK YOU for sharing! You’re point on forgiveness was excellent! But that your friend actually SOUGHT forgiveness after all those years, to try again to mend the friendship, made me think about some unresolved issues from college that I should try again to address…

    • Profile photo of Pastor Dave WAY-FM

      Wow, now that is cool! Go for it, Dori. It’s always the right time in God’s eyes.

  10. Profile photo of CarrieAnn71272

    When I choose to forgive, I imagine me releasing a balloon. To watch a balloon float away up into the sky and how it succumbs to the wind is like me laying down my unforgiveness and slowly I feel God’s prescence lifting me, moving me and gently guiding me to where He wants me to be.

  11. Peg Walden

    So identify with this! Thanks, Jonny! That forgiveness given (and received) is definitely a God thing!

  12. I too have forgiven people in my life that have hurt me. But when my 26 year old son was murdered and the people that did it denied it and have never paid for it too this day, that is different. They beat him, stabbed him in the throat, and after dragging him to the water, drowned him. I got out of church after that , I had also lost my mother, my twin grandbabies that my daughter was pregnant with, my husband walked out after 26 years of marriage all in a 13 month period. I recently got back in church and the Lord is dealing with me to forgive them. I’m not there yet.

  13. Tina Ledbetter

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Forgiveness is so very hard but God forgives more. Thank you Jesus for forgiving me and guiding me to forgive others.

  14. Brenda

    Thanks for sharing your story Jonny. I think it’s not until you truly forgive the things that hurt you or friends that betray you that you can truly be free and enjoy the purpose God has for you. Life is too short to hang on to that hurt! Love your music! God bless you!