In the Bradford family we believe in the importance of sharing. Right now as I write I have a son who is laying on the couch sneezing so hard I’m sure i just saw some brain matter fly across the room. Wouldn’t you know it – his brother had the cold three weeks ago – then he shared it with his dad – and now my oldest is dealing with it. I have encouraged him to quickly share it with his mom so she doesn’t feel left out. Along with germs and infections – there are many things families tend to pass down to each other.
Family diseases are transmitted from one generation to the next. There are those weaknesses that scarred our parents’ lives, probably their parents’ lives, and who knows how many other generations! Tragically, we tend to carry that baggage into our lives and infect another generation with them.
For many viruses and infections there is no known cure – but with this disease there is! In 1 Peter 1:18. God says, “You were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ.” If I open myself up to the love and power of Jesus Christ, the disease can stop in this generation! I can be “redeemed” from it.
The central disease we all have that poisons our closest relationships is “the disease of me” – a disease the Bible calls sin. Sin is a life you run instead of God running it, and it can only be conquered by the One who died to pay the death penalty for all our sinning – Jesus.
With the passing of my parents and the relational disconnection of my siblings- i have been hit with the reality that there is a long line of spiritual disease in my family. The spiritual infections in my family have done enough damage! I know I must cling to the ONE who died for me – the ONE who is ready and willing to begin His miracle healing of my past, my present, and my future.
Think what it could mean to you, to those you love, if you could confidently say, “It stops here – in this generation! Not because of anything I can do but because of what Jesus has already DONE!