Do you hide who you are?  Do you scream out, "Look at ME!" ? Who knows everything about us?  God does.  He knows EVERYTHING about us, including the consequences of our sin.  He is continually pleading with us to obey Him.  Hmmm...kind of sounds like me and my kids.  God has let us know that our choices will have lasting consequences, whether they be good or not so good, for us and our children.  Sinful choices can be the beginning of destructive family patterns that often carry on generationally.

I have experienced what generational sin can do.  In my family, our most damaging generational sins are offense and unforgiveness.  We have others, but these two are the primary reason our family is in the predicament it's currently in.  I have seen that unintentional offense has lead to horrible, ugly unforgiveness.  I have committed to my family that I will not allow these sins to be passed down to my children.  I have asked for forgivness for them and have forgiven my family and past generations for their sins.

The beauty of God is that His mercy far outweights His judgment.  If we choose to love and obey God, many more generations will be blessed.  We have to remember that in the face of temptation, the way we live our lives establishes a lasting legacy, either in the form of blessings or punishments.  What will we choose to give our children and the generations that follow? 

I am committing to consider the legacy that sin passes to my children when I make my choices. 
"You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your afftection for any other gods.  I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected--even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.  But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands."

Deutreronomy 5:9-10

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