In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge. (Jer 31:29, 30)

Eating sour grapes is very painful for sensitive teeth with exposed nerves. The sour fruit acid sets the teeth on edge robbing the peace and enjoyment of eating. Purposefully choosing not to eat sour acidic fruits can avoid this self induced agony.

The scriptures instruct us that:

‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ (Numbers 14:18)

As Christians the rebellious sins of our youth are forgiven and forgotten. This curse on the generations of our offspring has been cancelled thanks to the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.

We have all been given free will and with our free will we choose to eat the sour grapes of sin bringing the painful consequences to our own lives. We are each responsible for our own actions. Jesus came to set us free from our sins.

Satan’s lies flood our thoughts reminding us of all our past sins. The accuser comes to rob our peace and enjoyment of future blessings by drawing attention to our past mistakes. The precious blood of Jesus has set us free from the acidic thoughts that torment our minds with guilt.

When parents have made a sincere effort to instruct their children in the ways of God and truly accept the payment that Jesus made for their own past sins they are set free from the blame for the behavior of their children. When children truly understand the great sacrifice that Jesus made for their sins they will forgive their parents and be responsible for their own actions.