Sins of the Parents

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parent_500When we have children we really have high expectations for them; we visualize what they will be, how much education they will get, even the type of friends they will have. This is because we are looking for them to be in a better position than we were in at their age. As parents, we truly want the best for our children, thus that they will not have a sob story about how they grew up.

What we never think about is how we were as children. We never remember how disobedient we were to our parents, or how our parents acted with their parents. We should try to remember the sins we committed against our parents and grandparents; this will help us not to be so defensive when our children do some of the same things that we did repeatedly.

Most of us have a testimony of how God delivered us from our past (the things we use to do), how we have changed dancing partners, how we stopped drinking, smoking, and doing drugs, etc… What we truly fail to realize is that our children will have their own testimonies as well.  Who are we to stop God from handling their lives just as He has handled ours? Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying just allow your children to run wild, however, as the scripture states in Proverbs 22:6 NLT Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

There are times when we do not want our children to know our childhood sins, because we try to make them think we were the perfect child and never caused our parents any grief. We even go as far as to pretend that we have never lied about anything. We wonder why they are acting similar to the way we did as children; unbelievably, it is our sins we have passed on to our children. I know this may sound strange, yet, in the book of Genesis, Abraham lied to Pharaoh and said that Saria was his sister because he did not want them to kill him so that she could be married to Pharaoh.  About ten chapters later, his son Isaac did the same thing. How ironic huh? No, it is the sins of the parents! Parents remember how we acted as children and pray for the grace of God to deliver our children from our past sins.