Generational Curse

Over the more than twenty years that I have been in ministry, I have occasionally spoken with people who have been concerned about the presence of a “generational curse”.   The biblical foundation for this concept is found in the Old Testament.  Exodus 20: 5 says “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, ”  ( see also, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, & Deuteronomy 5:9)

The concern is that there may be a curse afflicting those whose parents were ungodly,  even after their offspring  have turned to Christ.

Exodus 20: 6 says “but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”  I believe that when we come to Christ we are immediately set free from the spiritual implications of the “generational curse” .  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away: behold all things have become new. ”  (II Corinthians 5:17)  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you  shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

It does take a while longer to be set free from what one minister called “generational consequences” .  As we grew up we may have learned behaviors that are not Christlike.  It can take a while to learn new behavior.  Our spirits are cleansed and reborn, now we must “cease to do evil, and learn to do good”.  It is a process of changing learned behavior.  By the grace of God, as we spend time in the Word, and in prayer, God will continue His work in us to remove the attitudes and actions that are displeasing to Him, and hurtful to us.


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4 Responses to “Generational Curse”

  1. Michael Cartwright Says:

    I wrote of this…any thoughts?

    Thanks and God bless,

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      I agree with what you wrote. It is another way of addressing what I called ‘generational consequences” that we must identity and ask God for help to change. It is not a matter of simply praying to break a “generational curse”, it is learning to change behavior.

  2. Suzanne Says:

    It has been my experience that some of the Holy Spirit’s work within us is to facilitate these very changes. I would not have been able to change many behaviors or thought patterns left on my own. I am truly grateful to God for the gift of His Holy Spirit.

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