“Will We Affect Them for Good or Evil?” August 31

 

Will We Affect Them for Good or Evil? - Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by claiming it only affects us. But whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. The effect of our sin on our children and others can be profound and long lasting. Will we affect them for good or evil?Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by claiming it only affects us. But whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. The effect of our sin on our children and others can be profound and long-lasting. Will we affect them for good or evil?

Also, read about the conclusion of the Book of Ecclesiastes and the sweetness of God’s wisdom.

 

Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12
Psalm 103.15-22
Proverbs 24.13-14
1 Corinthians 11.1-16

 

Will We Affect Them for Good or Evil?

 

Psalm 103.15-22:

Children’s Children

 

Verse 17, “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.”

Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by saying we know it’s wrong but claiming it only affects us. But, in reality, whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness living, we never do it in isolation. Our actions and behaviors do affect others, especially our children. That doesn’t mean that God punishes our children for our sins (Ezek. 18.20), but our actions do have an effect on them—sometimes a profound effect!

Sometimes, Children who grow up in a home where the family attends church and says all the right things in public. But at home their parents fight, give one another the silent treatment, and refuse to solve problems biblically. Often those children walk away from the faith when they go off to college or leave home. Biblical Christianity was never lived out for them. Instead, they saw hypocrisy.

Children who grow up in a home where drugs or alcohol are abused are often neglected, emotionally and physically. They may pick up the lifestyle they saw lived out or become angry and bitter.

Children whose parents go from relationship to relationship or turn to work or hobbies instead of solving problems with their spouse, may never learn to solve problems or resolve conflict in Christ honoring ways.

Conversely, when we choose to live righteously, it also affects them. No one knows us like those who live in our own home. When our children see us living in the fear of the Lord when no one else is watching, it can be more powerful than all the words we use to teach them right from wrong. To fear the Lord is to recognize that He alone is God, to reverence and respect Him as God and to be more concerned about pleasing Him than either ourselves or other people.

 

Will We Affect Them for Good or Evil? - Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by claiming it only affects us. But whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. The effect of our sin on our children and others can be profound and long lasting. Will we affect them for good or evil?


Today’s Other Readings:

 

Ecclesiastes 11 & 12:

Life is short. Spend it well.

 

The book of Ecclesiastes ends with this:  Continue reading

The MacArthur Daily Bible + LINKUP

 

Welcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I feature a book that I consider a valuable resource. This week’s selection is one that I love to recommend. It’s my personal choice as a daily Bible.

 

The MacArthur Daily Bible by John MacArthur.

 

The MacArthur Daily Bible - This is my personal choice as a daily Bible.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you probably know that I’m a firm believer in reading through the Bible on a regular basis.

So why am I talking about reading through the Bible in August? Why not December or January? Because for most of us as moms, we are geared to think of the “back to school” season as the beginning of a new year.

Whether you homeschool or are getting kids ready to go back to the classroom, you’re establishing new habits and routines. Why not start a new one personally?

For some of you, the idea of starting a daily Bible half way through seems foreign, but all of God’s Word is profitable. It doesn’t matter where you start. In fact, most of us read isolated passages all the time as part of sermons and Bible studies. And if you start now, by the time January 1 comes around you can have a well-established routine already in place.

 

What will happen if you make that commitment?

 

First, let me tell you what won’t happen:

  • God won’t love you any more than He already does.
  • It won’t be easy. Your flesh won’t like it at times and the devil will be sure you have plenty of distractions.
  • You won’t instantly know everything the Bible has to say.
  • You won’t necessarily become more spiritual.

What will happen:  Continue reading