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Often there are deteriorating standards with each succeeding generation (currently reckoned to be about 30 years), especially in morals. “Another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel…they quickly turned from the way in which their fathers had walked”

  Am I compromising the values handed                                                        down to me?

(Jdg 2:10,17). The Lord’s sovereign miracle power is dissipated quickly unless there is a continuing obedience and blessings are actively passed on from the older to younger people. It is the responsibility of the older family members to pass their Christian heritage on down through the family line. This God framework is not automatically instilled in young lives but is established as Biblical truths are lived out and verbally shared (Deut 6:6-9,20-25, 11:18-20; Josh 4:21-24). Consistent teaching and instruction is required to lay a solid foundation. As the consequences of the parent’s sin will be borne by several following generations (generational curses) don’t give cause for your descendants to accuse you of blighting their lives (Ex 20:4,5, 34:7; Num 32:13).

The perceived generational gap is the lack of understanding of attitudes, opinions, beliefs and values between older and younger people – frequently children, parents and grandparents. Society often segregates the different groups, which is not healthy. Intermixing relationships should be fostered to bridge this divide as the older people have life-experiences and wisdom that the younger folk would do well to learn from, and in turn the youth keep the senior members young in heart.  Everyone should form strong links across the spectrum of ages. 

See also: ancestors, blessed or cursed, curse, descendants, genealogy, grandchildren/grandparents.

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