Do you have anything in your life that’s hard to get rid of that you got from your family? Is there something that you find yourself doing, or a belief you hold—something that’s negative, something that’s dysfunctional—something that hurts other people, hurts relationships, or hurts you—that was present in your family growing up? Something your father did or believed about himself? Something your mother did or believed about other people or the world? Something your grandfather did or believed about God?
We inherit things from our parents—physical attributes, natural talents, ways of relating to other people and the world. And we can also inherit their sin. We can inherit tendencies toward particular kinds of sin. And these tendencies toward certain actions or certain beliefs or certain dysfunctions can be stubborn. As Jesus leads us into more wholeness and holiness, these things often prove to be among the toughest to overcome. Why? Because we assume they’re just the way we are. We make agreements that we’ll never change—because this is how it’s always been. Or we keep them secret—because they are shameful. We’ve tried to cover up the fact that our father or mother or someone else in our family gave into a particular dysfunction—and we now keep it a secret that we do too.
But here’s a sobering reality. Not only do we hurt ourselves or other people when we continue to participate in generational sin, but we pass it on to our children . . . and their children.
But here’s the good news. We actually have a choice: we can pass it to future generations, or we can take it to the cross and end it, here and now. Come listen and found out how . . .