Parents are to train and teach their children God’s ways, this includes discipline where required (Prov 22:6, 23:14). Lay a godly foundation of values in your family members, through speaking encouraging words, being a good role model and intercession. It is also the parents responsibility to provide for the children’s needs, yet as the parents get older and impaired they will require assistance from the children (2 Cor 12:14; 1 Tim 5:4).

Sins that are committed by one generation have harmful consequences on following generations, just as blessings have a good carry-on effect (Ex 20:5,6, 34:7; Deut 23:2). "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live..." (Deut 30:19). Am I passing on a spiritual legacy of character and faith to those coming after me? Is it the blessing of a

Children reflect the input made in their lives

good role model living in victory and displaying the fruit of the Spirit or is it bondage to evil spiritual forces and destructive habits that have ensnared me and will also have a detrimental influence on them? Our actions impact future generations.

See also: ancestors, blessed or cursed, children, example, inheritance, legacy, parents/parenting, role model.