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” (Jubilee)
“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. He demanded that the people be more intentional in showing acts of kindness to the poor and warned against hardening their hearts towards them.
September 7, 2020 is the beginning of the Biblical year 5782, which is The Year of Release or Jubilee.
Even though this hasn’t been ‘officially’ observed in the Bible for centuries, God’s reasoning for the principles are still relevant.
What if 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 that would be great too_, 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 LIVE!
Finally, commit to be more intentional about showing more kindness towards the poor, without being judgemental. Take advantage of those God-given interactions with the poor to leave behind examples of His love.