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Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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You never know what’s going on inside the other person… or what God’s plans are for you. Justin Paul and JJ Weeks ended their friendship over 7 years ago, but today they’re sitting at the same table.

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18 comments
  1. Lazaro

    The same love, grace, mercy and forgiveness that we so desperately need from God, we must also be willing to give to everyone who hurts us! However, we can’t generate and give these blessings without the help of the Holy Spirit in us. When we are hurting, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and produce these fruits in us to give away.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you and all your loved ones!

  2. Profile photo of kskoerner

    We are all called to be a part of this beautiful picture. It truly is complete in God’s perfect timing. We are all puzzle pieces. Since we ,at one time, thought that we could do life without God we allowed our puzzle piece to get distorted from God’s plan. He chooses to draw us out of the chaos and begin the reshaping of our life to get us refocused on our part in His plan. Thank you Father for the reshaping of my life to bring glory to your kingdom.

  3. Profile photo of Pauline

    There is always struggles in the world. I remind myself daily as well as others God has a purpose and He has a plan. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sharon Ward

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really touched me and gives me hope that I can also see forgiveness in my life…it is real life not just an idea.

  5. Profile photo of Trevor Poling

    Wow! Great lesson for me. Thanks for being so transparent. Life is full of curve bal moments. Let’s be thankful and loving toward others. Thanks for this small group and the lessons of forgiveness.

  6. Profile photo of sasunday

    What a great message. There are some areas in my life where I have really struggled with forgiveness. But, when I look at the whole picture I can see that I would not be the person I am today without them and I am a much much better person. There is somebody In my life who we both greatly hurt each other along the way, I pray they can find that forgiveness not for me but, for them.

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    Lix

    I love the line “When you become grateful for the journey and the path it is hard to hold grudges for people who were a part of that.” – well said. Thank you

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    Margie

    Thank you for sharing your story & I’m happy for you two that things worked out between you & you could forgive!🙏🏼

  9. Jules

    Amazing how letting go letting God can change your heart and allow forgiveness and trust.

  10. Profile photo of CarrieAnn71272

    Amazing, beautiful story! Praise you Jesus for forgiveness and relationship reconciliation! You have done so much for me in my life!!! Thank you WayFM for this so needed study!! I love y’all!

  11. annieb

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is one of the best forgiveness testimonials in all of Way-FM’s World’s Biggest Small Group posts! I love that the 2 that went through this forgiveness journey, JJ and Jason, sat down together and shared from their hearts how they did it! This gives me great hope that I can do this with some of the people I need to forgive. I loved this! All through the grace of God! Thank-You to everyone who also have openly-shared their stories to offer hope for us too. You have blessed so many!

  12. Cody Deno

    Change is a difficult thing for us humans to accept, and we all deal with it differently. For JJ and Justin, they responded to change with anger, which is the way I deal with change most of the time. If we are to truly grow as people, to grow as Christians, we need to accept change with a Christ-like attitude, and be grateful for the chance to grow.

  13. Profile photo of Big Country

    Powerful story how God weaves us through sticky situations only for his good and many lessons are learned in the process. Thank you for sharing your story!

  14. Pamela Anne McCoy

    Thank you JJ and Justin for your beautiful example of forgiveness and for providing hope to us who are in similar situations.

  15. Laura

    Why do we resist change so much? Especially if we know God can/will purpose it for good? It is natural to get angry when you are hurt by someone. It is not natural to forgive, at least not easy to forgive. But if you can look at it through the lense of it being part of a journey of growth, and part of God refining us (or others, as is sometimes the case, and we are just caught in the crosshairs)…maybe that is how we can frame it as something to be grateful for? I, too, was struck by the line “When you become grateful for the journey and the path, it is hard to hold grudges for people who were a part of that.”…we often need a little distance from the painful event/circumstance to have that perspective. But I have been in enough of the circumstances to know God will make good on this promise to, “…to give you a future and a hope.” He has, He does, He will…over and over. And for that I am grateful…and eventually, I become grateful for the painful event, and the growth it produces.

  16. Profile photo of bnsears59

    This is a great example of God seeing the bigger picture and bringing these two men back together. God obviously worked all things for the good with JJ and Justin!