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God's Recipe of Love
"And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."
There are many ingredients in God's recipe of love. The ingredients in His recipe of love are unconditional love, mercy, compassion, tenderness, forgiveness and grace. However, the main ingredient in His recipe of love is forgiveness. God's recipe of love started at the cross when Jesus said "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do".
Far too often, we harden our hearts and refuse to forgive people when they hurt us. O we may tell them that we forgive them but our hearts are still filled with bitterness, hatred and resentment. Unless we forgive them from our hearts like Jesus forgives us, we have not forgiven them. When we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts, it stinks in the nostrils of Jesus.
What a sad commentary it is on those of us who claim to be Christians when we refuse to forgive those who have hurt us. If ever anyone has a right to harbor unforgiveness in His heart, it is Jesus. He suffered more than anyone has ever suffered or ever will suffer. When He hung on that cruel cross of horror, He endured an excruciating pain that is impossible for us to fully comprehend. He allowed them to beat Him beyond recognition and crucify Him for you and for me.
Even though Jesus endured all of that pain and suffering, out of His heart that is filled with compassion and unconditional love for us, He still forgave us. I believe that we hurt Jesus and break His heart when we refuse to forgive those who have hurt us. None of us are perfect. There was only one perfect person who ever lived or ever will live and His name is Jesus! We need to realize that we hurt others also. If we want them to forgive us, we had better forgive them.
If Jesus hadnít forgiven us from His heart of compassion on that dark and terrible day when He hung on the cross for our sins, we would be on our way to hell for all eternity. Thank God for the unconditional love and forgiveness that came from the tender compassionate heart of Jesus for us on that dark and terrible day when He died for us. Thank God for His recipe of love that started in the heart of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, we confess that we have not forgiven those who have hurt us as You forgive us. Cleanse our hearts and make us fit for Your use. Help us to forgive others from our hearts just as You forgive us from Your heart. Thank You for Your recipe of love which was delivered to us by Your beloved Son. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for our sins and for paying the price that we could never have paid. Amen.
© 2009 by Joanne Lowe
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