Exodus 34:7 NLT
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.”
Yes. There are only two places that we can be. We are either forgiven or unforgiven. There is no middle ground.
Even in this the original covenant, God proves His never changing nature – He is merciful, gracious, long suffering, good and true to those that are His:
Exodus 34:6 KJV
And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord , The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
And He proves this throughout history as He is willing to be patient with those who receive Him, even forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
Psalm 78 gives us a history and view of God’s patient love and guidance in the example of His dealings with Israel, and it is the same with us today.
If we are a child of God –
As we walk closer to God as His chosen and redeemed, we are not only forgiven, we encounter the blessings and purpose that are our God ordained life as a part of His Kingdom. And this new life will have lasting and positive impacts on our family for generations to come. If my daughter sees an example of love, patience, peace, faithfulness, and goodness in my life instead of selfishness, anger, dishonesty, and wickedness – isn’t it clear how much of a difference that is going to have for generations to come?
But if we only follow in our words, but not in our actions – what kind of example does that teach?
Or if we are satisfied to live lives without love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, long suffering, or self control – are we blind to the consequences? Or do we not care about anything beyond self, no matter the cost or consequences?
If we were unveiled to the impact that we have on those around us by our choices – whether for good or for evil, would we care enough to make real change in our lives?
And we start making real change in our lives with a broken spirit. Acknowledging this problem, this disease in our lives, and coming to God and asking for His forgiveness and c His help.
Psalm 51:16-17 ESV
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Let’s remember that our choices have real consequences, friends – and those consequences don’t just affect ourselves.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Draw near to Him, get to know Him. See change in your life by not just learning, but being convicted to change your life and make choices that are for good. And see the positive change in yourself AND in those around you AND those that look to you as their example.
I love you friend. This message was for me, but if it helps you in any way, praise be to God. Have a wonderful day, and I encourage you to let the world see Christ in you.