(6)but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep mycommandments.
As we saw in the previous study, every man is responsible for his own sin (trespass). Wealso saw how iniquity can affect not only the person involved in a particular sin – but alsothe people around the sinner or related to the sinner.One of the definitions of iniquity is perverseness. Let’s use the example of sexual abuseto illustrate this concept. Forcing yourself- whether through manipulation, guilt, threatsor direct physical power – on another person sexually is a sin. Moreover, sex withanyone that is not your spouse – is a sin.I will generalize here for the purpose of illustration – not all victims suffer the samesymptoms or behavior. What happens to children who were abused sexually when theygrow up? For women, the effects can follow several paths:1. They grow up thinking of themselves as sexual toys for the pleasure of men. Theycrave attention from men excessively – some to the point of sexual addiction. It is anabnormal craving –never satisfied – because the one person they wanted love from wasn’tthere. Very often these women marry abusive men or go from one relationship to another – “looking for love in all the wrong places.”2. They grow up hating men and scared of them at the same time. They may wear “frumpy” clothes so men won’t be attracted to them, they may gain excessive weight toappear unattractive etc.For men who were molested as children – the path often leads to aggressive behavior andoften to abusing others. Boys tend to take their anger out on others while girls tend totake their anger out on themselves (cutting, anorexia, depression, etc.) The vast majorityof serial rapists and murderers were severely abused as children.When great grandpa molested his daughter who married a man just like dear old dad whomolested his daughter, etc – what we then have is a generational iniquity. Sexual abuseaffects not only sexuality, but gender formation, intimacy, relationships, trust andworldview. I believe that is why it is one of the favorite tools of Satan to destroy people.Generational iniquity doesn’t have to be just about sex however. Alcoholism and drugabuse also are passed down from the generations before us. Chronic poverty, lack of education, cultic beliefs, physical illnesses and more are passed down in families. As ageneral rule, if you can look at your family tree and notice a pattern of iniquity – you probably need to address it.
Steps to Freedom
of what you are responsible for – your own personal sin. If you holdunforgiveness, bitterness or resentment – let it go. Apply 1 John 1:9 liberally!2.
any family curse or iniquity that the Holy Spirit reveals to you. Havesomeone pray with you if you need help.