When the issues in our lives are left unresolved, they will not only influence our lives, but will also leave a mark on the lives of those around us. After King Davidís ungodly act, we read of Amnonís (Davidís son) unusual affection for Tamar, his half-sister. He was able to deceive the King and Tamar through the wise counsel of Jonadab (Davidís nephew). Eventually Amnon satisfied his lust for Tamar by raping her. All those who did something similar to what David had been guilty of were those closest to him.
Perhaps Amnon had been dreaming of his half-sister long before David had Bathsheba for himself. However, nothing happened until David set a law in motion. This is the law that states that a leaderís pattern of behavior is repeated in the life of the follower. When a father lies, sooner or later, the children will do the same.
I once heard of the account of a woman whose father was never there for her and her siblings. He was usually with another woman. The woman became bitter against her father. Would you believe it that this same woman became an absentee mother when she had her children and was not faithful to her husband? The issues we fail to deal with will eventually resurface in the lives of those closest to us.
A Pastor who suffers from a poverty-stricken mindset cannot raise wealthy Christians. Another reason we should confront the issues limiting us is the fact that we want to leave a legacy we can be proud of as parents and leaders. When we deal with it, we leave a legacy of generational blessings.
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Thank you for sharing valuable truths. Yes, there are generational consequences when good and evil actions are exercised.
We all reap what we sow. We can sow death or life. Of course, when we sow life, it reaps glorious benefits.