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.
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12
1 Corinthians 11.1-16
Will We Affect Them for Good or Evil?
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.
Today’s Other Readings:
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12:
Life is short. Spend it well.
The book of Ecclesiastes ends with this: Continue reading