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verse 7: “A righteous man who walks in his integrity — How blessed are his sons after him.”

I have a footnote in my Ryrie Bible that points to a reference found in Exodus 20:5-6: “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Men, our actions have consequences. When your father is a God-fearing Christian, who “walks in his integrity”, his children benefit not only directly, but indirectly as well. Though we don’t appreciate it when we’re younger, to hear someone say “Oh him? That’s (fill-in-the-blank)’s son!”, reflects a legacy left to us by our fathers. If you’re a father, you have that same opportunity and responsibility to leave that legacy to your children. God blesses our families, and our actions do have consequences. What kind of legacy are you making for your family today?

Something to think about.

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verse 14: “Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”

Paul here is reminding the Corinthians that he does not and has not been a burden to them; this was part of his “defense” against his accusers in the Corinthian church. He used the analogy that children are not responsible for saving up for parents, but parents are for children.

I felt God draw me to this verse, I believe, because of this analogy. We live in a world today, in which children sometimes have to care for invalid or aging parents. Now that is okay; family should look after family. But Paul is referring to the natural legacy that parents provide to children…not just financial but the inheritance of life lived in faith to God. I’ve worked with kids in our church that get saved before their parents do. Parents are to be the leaders in their homes, and that means spiritually as well. It is the order God intended when he created parents and children; that parents teach and lead their children.

If you are a parent, are you being a spiritual leader in your own home today?

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