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Friday, December 5, 2014

Learning To Not Treat Sin Casually

In review of Exodus 34:7 it says, 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.” (NLT).

Bottom Line:
God keeps his promises and lavishes unfailing love to a thousand generations. God forgives iniquity, rebellion, and sin, to the repentant; but will punish anyone who sins, laying the sins of the parents upon their children to the third and fourth generation.

What this means to me:
God will always keep his promises and will show me an unfailing amount of love. God will forgive my immoral or grossly unfair behavior, my rebellion and my sin. But for unrepentant hearts, he will punish them and their family to the third and fourth generations.

It seems harsh that sin would affect children and grandchildren. However this is no arbitrary punishment. Children still suffer for the sins made by their parents. Consider child abuse or alcoholism, as examples. While these sins are obvious, other sins like selfishness and greed can be passed along as well. It is important that I not treat sin casually, but to always repent and turn from it. The sin may cause you little pain now, but it could later sting in a most tender area of your life-your children and grandchildren. 

Given this, I need to ask God to make me aware of anything I need to confess and make right with him. It’s great to know with confidence that God will always do what he has promised. In his word I can see the things he promised and know through examples written and in my own life that he comes through time and time again. The thing to remember is that it happens on his perfect timing and not on demand when I request it. Today I thank God for his unfailing love and forgiveness.

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