Blessing, Not Cursing

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Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. – Romans 12:14

We have all had people in our lives that have caused us to want to curse them. Everyone from the person who cuts you off in traffic to a relative who gets under your skin every time you are with them. Our normal human response is to wish them ill will. I mean, how many times have you been cut off in traffic and wished that a police officer was around to catch the guy who just about slammed into your car? Even worse, have you ever actually wished that something bad would happen to them?

A curse according to scripture is more than just speaking evil about someone. It is desiring evil to come upon someone. If a person is under a curse, according to the Bible, evil has come upon them in some way. Sickness, tragedy, or bad circumstances are occurring in their lives. Now this does not mean that every problem we have in our lives are the result of a curse. There are times that God allows circumstances to stretch our faith. These times help us grow stronger and allow us to identify with Christ, who suffered greatly at the end of His life.

The Bible is full of curses. The first curse appears in Genesis 3:14:

“The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.” 

Because the serpent tempted Eve, he was cursed by God. God goes on to curse woman and man for their actions. Hence, we live in the kind of world we live in today. We live with the results of the curse given to man and woman. There are also numerous curses that affect numerous generations because on the actions of one person. The common denominator in all these curses is that the curse was given by God and it was due to the action of an individual or a people.

Now, that being said, I do believe that Satan and his demons do have power in this world. But, they do not have power over those who are true believers in Jesus Christ. James 4:7 tells us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” If we fully submit ourselves to God then Satan has no power over us. He won’t just leave us alone, he will flee.

As a true believer in Jesus Christ I must be sure not to curse anyone. Cursing is God’s prerogative, not mine. We are not to return evil for evil, but we are to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). We should always forgive those who wrong us, even when they don’t ask for forgiveness, because it is very possible that they don’t even know what they did. Forgiveness is our responsibility, not the person who wronged us. We should always speak good and pray for others, even those who seek us harm.

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge.” (Proverbs 15:2a)  “A gentle tongue is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 15:4a)e:

Father, please forgive me when I curse when I should bless. Help me to resist Satan so that he will flee from me. Lord, I pray for those who have cursed me. I pray that they will be blessed and that they will come to know you more and more. Father, you are all powerful and nothing on Earth, above the Earth, or under the Earth can overpower you. Help me to have a gentle tongue. May your praises always be on my lips, so that I may be a blessing to all those I encounter. I pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. – Amen.

 

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