Generational Iniquities

The past is a very funny thing. It’s easy to look back and see how much things have changed, but when it comes to generations of people, the same rules don’t apply. A lot of times when we talk about generational divides, we only talk about the present. But there are some things that happened in our pasts that still have lasting effects on us today–and even affect our relationships with each other as we work together (or against each other).

In this post, I’ll explore three different generational events that took place in America: slavery, prohibition, and World War II. We’ll take a look at what happened during these events and how they have affected the generations that followed them. By understanding these past events as well as their lingering effects, you can gain better insight into why certain people think or act the way they do today–including yourself!

Generational Iniquities

1. Sin can be passed down for generations, which means that we often suffer for the sins of others.

God’s word says that sin can be passed down for generations, which means that we often suffer for the sins of others. We can break free from generational iniquities by taking responsibility for our own actions and by forgiving others.

Forgiveness is a key component to breaking free from generational iniquities. God promises to forgive us if we ask him (1 John 1:9). All it takes is asking with faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross as payment for our sins (Romans 5:8). Once forgiven, we need to forgive others—even if they don’t ask us forgiveness or deserve it!

2. We can break free from generational iniquities.

It’s time to break the cycle of generational iniquities. Let’s take a moment to be aware of what we’ve inherited, and then let’s pray for those who have wronged us. Even if you have not been directly affected by the trauma, it is still important to acknowledge the pain that your ancestors have endured because this acknowledgment allows you a space from which to forgive and move forward.

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In addition, doing your research about your family history can help you uncover some of these generational iniquities so that you may begin healing them.

3. Be aware of generational cycles.

The first step to breaking generational cycles is to be aware of them. A generational cycle is the passing down of a pattern of behavior from one generation to the next. It can be positive: for example, a family whose members are all doctors or lawyers may encourage each other and work together in their various fields. Or it can be negative: if a parent abuses drugs and passes that on to their child, then the child will likely grow up with an addiction problem too.

Generational cycles can also affect how parents raise their children—for example, some parents are strict disciplinarians while others give free rein at home until they reach adolescence when they begin spanking or grounding kids as punishment for bad behavior. Whatever style you’ve grown up with as part of your own family’s generational cycle may have influenced how you discipline your own kids today!

4. Forgive to be forgiven.

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. It is not an act of will. Forgiveness is a choice of the heart.

Forgiveness is choosing to let go and move on with your life rather than letting anger, resentment, and bitterness poison you from within. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting what happened; it means letting go of the hurt so that you can start healing.

Forgiving others makes them feel better too! When we forgive someone else, they’re relieved from carrying all that guilt around inside them as well!

But forgiveness isn’t just about what’s good for other people – though that alone should be enough reason to try it out! The more forgiving you are towards others (and yourself), the less stress you’ll have in life overall – because being resentful over something hurts twice as much as whatever caused those feelings originally did!

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5. Do your research and learn about the iniquities in your family’s past.

You may have heard the phrase “generational iniquity” before, but what does it mean? It’s a term used to describe the negative influences passed down from one generation to another. This can include anything from trauma or abuse to addiction or mental illness.

The key thing to remember is that when it comes to generational iniquities, we aren’t responsible for what was done before—we are only responsible for how we handle them now. If you’ve been dealing with any form of generational sin in your life, there’s hope available from God (1 John 1:9). He has made a way for us to forgive those who have wronged us and release ourselves from their sins as well as our own (Colossians 1:13-14).

6. Pray for the people who have wronged you and your family members.

Pray for your enemies, and pray for those who have wronged your family members.

Pray for the people who have wronged you, and pray for those who have wronged your family members.

Pray for the people who have wronged your ancestors, and pray for those who have wronged their descendants.

Pray for the people who have wronged their descendants’ ancestors, and pray that they will be reconciled to one another in love!

7. Breaking generational cycles is an important part of our relationship with God

Breaking generational cycles is an important part of our relationship with God. God is the only one who can break generational cycles, and He wants us to be free from them.

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In the Bible, we see many examples where God has healed people from past wounds and given them a new start. For example, Jesus said that all our sins are forgiven (see 1 John 1:9). This means all your ancestors’ sins are forgiven too! You’re not responsible for what they did or thought about doing. Another example is found in Hosea 6:2: “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up.” In this verse, we see how God gives us a new family after healing us from any generational sins (forgiveness).

We also learn that if we want to receive forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ, then we need to forgive others (Matthew 6:12). If someone hurts you in some way (emotionally or physically), ask yourself if it’s worth holding onto that anger toward them instead of letting go so they can go free as well


I hope this article has given you some insight into generational iniquities and how they affect us. As a Christian, I believe that God can heal these wounds in our souls and help us break free from the cycle of sin that keeps us bound to our family’s past. If you have questions about how to break these cycles or feel like something isn’t right in your life, please feel free to contact me for more information on my services as an ordained minister (or even just for prayer).



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