Cookbooks used to tell us that if dried beans were salted before cooking, they would be tough. That’s now considered to be an old wives’ tale.
To prepare dried beans for cooking, soak them overnight, covered with SLIGHTLY salted water. Then drain them, add fresh water and a teeny bit of salt. Continue with your recipe.
This breaks down the outer skin and lets the water penetrate into the bean. Beans will be tough if they are old, cooked in hard water, or cooked with acid-type foods like tomatoes.
Now how do tough beans apply to us Christians? The Bible says we are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) but we will be tough if we let ourselves stew in acid-like substances such as unforgiveness. Tough beans? Just get over it!
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:14-15, MSG)
Prayer – Lord, with your grace, I forgive _______________________ . Amen