Thank You Bruce for helping me to understand my healing with forgiveness it’s been worrying during this Lenten season
I can’t wait for next Wednesday’s forgiveness video. I find sometimes it’s harder to forgive little things that people have done than it is to forgive the big things, but I keep praying. God Bless you Bruce and all of your followers!
Amen – thanks beautiful, going to use this as my lesson with my cell group tomorrow…
That made perfect sense i see it clearly now forgiveness is the answer to moving forward .Thanks Bruce we are truly blessed in this season of lent.
This is a very powerful message Bruce, I often ponder on the true meaning of the Lords prayer and whilst I come to terms with the forgiveness part I know many people aren’t able to. I jump with joy when I hear a person who has been wronged really badly, but can forgive the perpetrators and on the other hand feel sorry for those who are unable to forgive, yes it’s very hard to sometimes forgive but it’s very uplifting and relieving when you can let go.
Forgiveness itself can be easy or difficult, but I find the really hard part can be trying to put the memory of the hurt behind you. It can only take a spark to put you right back to that moment of pain, whatever that may be.
That is so true. Have forgiven, yet it still pops up again.
Good lesson, can’t wait till next Wednesday
I don’t know if I can ever forgive the people who hurt me & my family so badly so your saying if I can’t forgive them God won’t answer my prayers so do I keep praying asking God to take care of my family.
Hello Arlene As I said in the Lent Devotional, forgiveness is an incredibly difficult subject as people can be very, very hurt by what others may have done to them. Let me repeat this by saying, I cannot express enough just how hurt some people are by the actions of others. They can be devasted. When we do not feel we can forgive it is exactly then that we need to pray to God and say, “Lord I need help. I know what the Scriptures says, and the Church teaches I should do, but I cannot. I am so hurt.… Read more »
Years ago I had a falling out with my brother he was always my best friend ,it was a huge hurt that came into me and even though we made up and forgave a chain was round my heart .One day when praying I said to God I wont to love him like I used to I wont to love him like you love him ,2 months later God intervened and the chain fell off and I was overwhelmed with love for my brother ,I experienced my brother in a small amount of Gods love that day .4 weeks later… Read more »
Thank you Bruce for this message on Forgiveness! This message seems to be confirming what the Lord has spoken to me through Matthew 5:43-48 and it’s companion Luke 6:27-36 today in my PERSONAL Prayer! The Love of Enemies. Unbeknown to me until I had finished, that the reflection I had written down was a followup to a discussion I had with my son, yesterday, concerning the justification for nuclear weapons and war. Before I went to see him I stopped and hesitated, as I knew I would experience opposition and even ridicule for what I wrote down. But I felt… Read more »
As always so totally relevant and powerful. Bless you and may the Lord continue to give you strength and health as you deliver these encouraging messages.
Yes Forgiveness is a journey. I thank God for working through this is my life and I hope and pray that all of us can live as we pray Thankyou Bruce for todays talk
I have heard many times this….I will forgive but I will not forget. If this is something we do, is it true forgivness?
Bruce, this so timely fir me personally this week. I have struggled with forgiveness and just 2 days ago attended confession to “let it go” and ask God for His grace and mercy. I look forward to next week’s extra… 🙏🏻💙
Brian Comments: Forgiveness is a multi facet action. 1. I forgive you. 2.Will you forgive me? 3. I forgive myself. 4.Will you accept my forgiveness?
dodnt have any hurt NOW but pray for those i have hurt
Hi Brian, that is a very powerful thing to do as it allows God into those spaces where our heart needs changing and we do need God there.
Thank you Bruce I can’t wait for next Wednesday. I want to learn more about forgiveness and healing.
March 11Dealing with Hurt. Wow, you really struck a cord!!! The way you broke down the Our Father. I’ve prayed that prayer my whole life, broke it down myself ; but the way you did it…gave it a whole new meaning to me. Thank you and God Bless!
Thank you. God Bless you and your family and friends this season of lent.
Forgiveness brings me back to the the Prodigal son, his father forgave him and made him feel welcomed just as Our Heavenly Father forgives us always and welcomes us back into His Heart. Thank you for sharing this lesson today. God bless you all.
Hi Marci, yes the prodigal son is a powerful example of forgiveness! Thanks for sharing!
Can I put “How to Deal with Hurt” on my face book.
Hi Jo, please feel free to share our videos on your Facebook and that’s a great idea during Lent!
Today, Mr. Downes, you have set me free from my struggle with forgiveness. I have been haunted by hurt done to me, and especially my father. Although I forgave, I also walked away, unwilling to restore my sister to a place in my life. I couldn’t reason how I could forgive and not restore. Her actions were full of greed, hate, negligence and revenge and I never wanted to be near such a person. I now understand her actions can be forgiven, but still have consequences. Thank you for unraveling this struggle.
Thank you Bruce on the discussion of forgiveness,can you answer my biggest fear of forgiving ,does this mean you have to be willing to have the person that has hurt you be welcome back into your home . I have forgiven the person but have not been able to have them in my life .I fear that this would not be classified as forgiving in Gods eyes .
Hi Brenda, forgiveness doesn’t mean we reinstate a person back to the place they were because sometimes we need boundaries to keep ourselves safe (physically, emotionally, spiritually) and God is more than ok with that!
I have forgiven a great hurt but struggle with not forgetting what happened. By not forgetting I feel sometimes that my forgiveness is not real. How do you get past not forgetting?
Hi Gerry, however much we want to, sometimes we cannot forget things that have happened but that doesn’t mean that our forgiveness isn’t real. We know that forgiveness is real when the memory doesn’t cause us pain and doesn’t have a hold on our life anymore. It is a long process but God is with us the whole way. I know exactly what you mean as I have spent years believing the same thing! Forgiveness is freedom.
You mentioned to a few days ago if we had a special prayer to added to this page. Here is my prayer for Direction in my Life.. God, You order the steps of a righteous person. If I have found favour in Your eyes, guide every step that I take and guide every action, Help me to recognize Your path and discern where You want me to go. Open the doors no one can shut, and shut every door I should avoid. Allow me to see clearly Your direction without confusion. Give me a clear sign today, this week or… Read more »
I love to start my day listening and reflecting. Thank you for this wonderful gift each day, this Lenten season has brought a new fresh outlook … wanting me to be a better disciple and conscious of others needs. God Bless you , your family and staff.
Thank you Bruce for helping me get into a deeper communication with God through the power of personal prayer. It has always been a struggle for me to open up my heart to God in prayer. Your video will help me in my journey to a deeper relationship with God. May God bless you, your team, and your mission to help us be better Christians is Jesus name.
Thank you Bruce for helping to understand forgiveness, and what it means in our lives, and in our relationship with God. I once read that forgiveness is about past reconciliation, and not necessarily about future consideration. That concept has been very helpful to me so I thought I would pass it on… You’re so right, forgiveness can be difficult and complex, but knowing that past pain doesn’t have to affect our future lives allows every day to be a “new day”. I like to think I can bring the lesson (enlightenment) forward, but leave the pain behind.
Thank you again Bruce for another great day of reflection.
I need to find out how to forgive myself –
Thank you Mr. Downes, I am so enjoying your daily talks. May God bless you abundantly for doing His work🙏
Each day has been such an eye opener for me. God bless you and may He walk with you, always.
Thank you Bruce. This is just what I need to hear . Can’t wait till next Wednesday!
I like the way you refer to the Lords Prayer on forgiveness we seem to take the Lords pray for granted with out braking it down in sections we need to forgive then ask for God’s forgiveness fir our selves then move on my granddaughter God bless her as just had her first heart break she needs to forgive but let him go she finds this difficult as she lives him so much but he left fir someone else he would be bi good for her playing on her good nature useing her she needs to forgive then let go… Read more »
I look forward to next Wednesday’s Forgiveness extra …Your words and way make me feel like its all very achievable. Thank you Bruce for your teachings through this Lent – I am thoroughly enjoying them.
Recently I have had to forgive a group of people where I was employed. They made working for that company very difficult, and I eventually left. They are very corrupt, evil and pretentious people. I am a very private person who find small talk and gossiping the work of the devil, and do not participate in such activities. These persons that I worked with have no respect for boundaries and because they have families who work in the medical field as well as the government and legal field they decided to look into my private information as well as those… Read more »
I have been so touched by your messages this week and I finally found the courage to go to confession and to let go and move forward from the the hurt and the anger that had taken up residence in my heart. I feel so blest by your ministry. 🙏🏻💙
We love to hear about how God is working in people’s lives so thank you for sharing! We are praying for you!
I am really enjoying your Lent 2021 series, by fluke I happened to see your website when searching for what to do for Lent this year. I am amazed at how relevant all your topics have been for my life at this time. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I live in a small northern town in British Columbia, Canada.
I pray the Our Father prayer everyday, I love this prayer, how can I forgive myself of things I’ve done in the past too, I have let go of the hurt I endured from others finally, it took a long time. Thankyou for your wonderful, inspiring videos, God Bless You All