“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.” -Exodus 34:6-9 (ESV)
Why would sins affect children and grand-children? Why "wouldn't" our sins affect generations to come? "...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 ESV)
Oh fathers and mothers ....may we all "bow our heads and worship"; asking the Lord's forgiveness, praying.... Lord, God please leave my sins with "me" and behind me. May my sons not bear the trespass, the sins of their father.
May my sons surrender to Your gracefulness, rendered through Your Son.... You who "..as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."