Recipe for Forgiveness
3 cups love
1 1/2 cups humility
2 cups strength
1/2 cup joy
1 Tablespoon mercy
1 Tablespoon grace
1 teaspoon acceptance
1 teaspoon realization of Christ's forgiveness
Combine love, humility, and strength. Stir until well mixed. Add joy. Mix.
Combine mercy, grace, and acceptance in a separate bowl. Stir until smooth.
Add slowly to joyful mix, stirring well.
Add in realization of Christ's forgiveness. Be sure to take time to savor the sweet aroma.
If mixture seems stiff or lumpy, add love. Stir until smooth.
Sprinkle in extra joy and realization of Christ's forgiveness as needed.
Season to taste with a dash of happiness, kindness, and prayer.
Pour into a deep pan, and press mixture to sides.
Bake at 432 degrees* for 58 minutes.**
Allow dish to cool fully, but try to avoid letting it sit overnight.
Sprinkle the top of the dish with extra prayer. This will give it a nice appearance and add to the taste.
Present with a cheerful heart to the one who has wronged you.
Accept a counter offer of forgiveness with gratitude and genuineness, as needed.
Savor the balm of forgiveness with your friend.
Resolve to present forgiveness quickly, should the need arise in the future.
Accept future offers of forgiveness, up to seventy times seven times, or even more, as needed.
End the gathering by uniting together in prayer.
Give thanks to God for His perfect gift of forgiveness, through His Son.
Enjoy restored relationships with God and man.
*Ephesians 4:32 (NASB) Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
**Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Luke 6:38 (NIV) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
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