The Bible tells us to bless others but not to curse them. To bless (eulogeō -) means to speak well of, to invoke a benediction on, to prosper and to curse (kataraomai ) means to doom, invoke or to call for with earnest desire evil upon.
In other words we are to speak good things about others and not evil things.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14
Let’s take a look at the English word for Bless. Dictionary: pronounce words in a religious rite, to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on.
Let’s take a look at the English word for curse. Dictionary: a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something. Also, an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance.
In the Hebrew the word bless is used in the connotation: to cause to prosper and to have God’s favour, to speak well of.
We know from the Bible that the wicked are cursed but the saved are blessed so we can concur from this that God expects us to pray for the salvation of those who are against us. Then they can be blessed indeed!
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. Proverbs 3:33
A controversial question is: Can a Christian be cursed? My opinion is both yes and no. Let me explain, when the enemy’s vessels curse through direct proclamations or evil speaking over a Christian that curse will alight BUT with prayer and spiritual alertness they cannot stay alighted.
Remember that God himself says that HIS PEOPLE perish for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
He also says that a curse without a cause will not alight. Even Christians can do bad things causing themselves to have a curse over their lives. However as the Holy Spirit in prayer points those out we can repent and pray for curses to be broken in JESUS NAME.
Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law BUT if one walks in ignorance of this fact or have sin in which will cause a curse to alight then curses may be in effect.
God provided for us the things we need for spiritual warfare but until we put those things into practice they will hinder our walk with God. You can do a word search on curses and find out all the sins that can bring a curse in scriptures. If we are in the light we can walk in the light but ignorance will bring destruction. God wants to train our hands for war. This means that we must grow up in him and walk in what he reveals to us individually as truth.
When we see a brother or sister in sin or needing help in an area, we are to pray for them. NOT PRONOUNCE JUDGEMENT. If we judge them we will find that judgment will come back on us for our sin and we will be in big trouble, so it is best to just pray.
Sometimes we need to correct as the Lord leads us but not always. We need to be sensitive to how God is leading us in each situation.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
A “word curse” or evil speaking about others can be harmful and destructive. In the same way that witches curse to invoke demonic assignment on a person so can speaking evil about someone bring an evil assignment to bring to pass the evil that was spoken. It works in the exact same way.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:35
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1Peter 3:9
There are different kinds of curses. The bible tells us about Biblical curses for sin, witchcraft curses, and curses by evil speaking about someone. You can even curse yourself by speaking evil things about your life. Now we do not need to be in bondage over all our words but when the Holy Spirit gives us that signal then best repent of the words and go to prayer.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so James 3:9-10
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5: 44-48
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.