I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.* I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected – even children in the third and fourth generations.”
Exodus 34:7, NLT
Why would sins affect children and grandchildren? This is no arbitrary punishment. Children still suffer for the sins of their parents. Consider child abuse or alcoholism, for example. While these sins are obvious, sins like selfishness and greed can be passes along as well.
I must be careful not to treat sin casually. Not only do I need to recognize my sin but I must repent and turn from it. The sin may only cause me a little pain now, but it could impact me later in other areas of my life. Worse yet, the result of my sin can show up in the lives of my children and grandchildren.
It is safe to rationalize that sin will always have a less than desirable effect in ALL areas of my life – present, future, personal and business included. To reap any reward and thrive today and forever, I have to be able to quickly identify, turn away from and repent any and all sin.
Lord, have mercy on me and help me to be all that I can be and all for your glory. Without you, I am nothing. I need you to help me see and act appropriately at all times.