There’s a saying that says, “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Even we deny that we are our fathers and mothers there is some truth to that. The fact is that living in the same house with our parents for many years (in a Filipino household, that’s another many) we naturally pick up some of their mannerisms, the way they speak, and even the way they think. We can deny all we want that we are not our fathers and mothers but sooner or later we begin to realize some of the similarities we have with our parents. Some of the traits we adopt are positive and may have helped paved the way to where we are now. Others can be negative depending on how we apply it in our day to day lives. Still, some of us continue to live out the lives that reflect our fathers and mothers even if we may have said, “I won’t end up like my dad/mom,”
I came across this picture on Facebook that caught my attention. It shows how the child was so afraid of his dad that it translated into anger as he grew older. Eventually when he became a dad he committed the same thing his own father had done and so the cycle begins again. Whether it’s an attitude problem or financial problem or even a spiritual problem that has been a cycle for many generations in your family, let me tell you it doesn’t have to continue in your own life. You can break the cycle, the buck stops with you! Many times we see Christ as the man who saved us from the pits of hell and tend to limit Him in that aspect. But the truth is the grace of God that brought us salvation is the same grace that enables us to live upright in all areas of our lives.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Jesus didn’t save us for the sake of saving us. He saved us so that we enter into a right relationship with Him, so that we can live a righteous life, a life of grace, a life of love, a life of compassion, a life of joy. So stop trying to fix your life on your own because Jesus already did that for you. Stop accepting defeat and a life of failure and realize that God has already given you the victory through His Son. It’s actually possible to break free from a cycle of sin because the buck stopped with Jesus.
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