Families are a blessing, but they come with challenges. We have disagreements, frustrations and unmet expectations. We often hurt the ones we love most.
It’s important that we keep a heart of forgiveness and are willing to LET THINGS GO…CONSTANTLY. This is the only way our families can survive and thrive.
The bible teaches us that the new covenant that Jesus instituted on the cross fulfilled the law, (Jeremiah 31:33, Matthew 5:17, Roman’s 10:4, Hebrews 10:1) and is/was a shadow of things to come.
Jesus encourages us in the “Model Prayer” to ask for forgiveness of our debts (sins, offenses) as we forgive our debtors…
Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors
Okay, now consider this…
Deuteronomy 15:1 gave Israel “The Year of Release”.
“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. 2 And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s release.”
As you see God commanded that Israel forgive all outstanding debts of their ‘brothers’ every SEVEN years. Every SEVEN years all debts are to be forgiven. God did this to promote a culture that would discourage poverty and debt.
I’m suggesting that we in the Body of Christ use that same God-given principle and every seven days institute a Day of Release each week, not to erase financial debts, but for FORGIVENESS. Any “DEBT” as mentioned in Matthew 6:12... Any offense or pain that we have been holding on to all week, should be RELEASED. If you have gone days without speaking, or seeing each other…this is the DAY TO LET IT GO! Choose a day each week, it doesn’t matter which day, but agree on a day each week that you and your family will agree to RELEASE or LET GO of anything you’ve been holding on to. Even without an apology, this promotes a spirit of forgiveness.
We will always hurt the ones we love, and we don’t all have a spirit of reconciliation at the same time…but true love will always eventually repent. True love will always regret the hurt. Love always wins, when we let it…
1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
It is essential that we promote a family culture that facilitates peace…allowing love to work. Get your family together…choose a day…and once a week get together and pray together during your DAY OF RELEASE. Ask God to help you let go of the little things that turn into big things. Ask God to help you reduce the big things to little things. Agree to that you won’t allow the issues of the previous week carry over into the next. LET IT GO, AND LOVE LIVE!