Blessing our persecutors and enemies instead of cursing them.

We are called to bless, not curse, our persecutors. Verse 14 from today’s reading says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Cursing is not just uttering invectives outwardly. It is also wishing ill wills and misfortunes against others inwardly. Within every verbal curse is the heart of hate and vengeance. Cursing against others eventually brings curse upon ourselves. It is for this reason that God commands us to not curse. Ecclesiastes 10:20: “Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” It is the divine proscription against cursing and harboring evil thoughts against others even in the secret place.

Psalm 109:17-18: “He loved to pronounce a curse– may it come on him; he found no pleasure in blessing– may it be far from him. He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.” What does this imply? Those who curse others eventually bring curse upon themselves.

This simple spiritual principle also applies to blessing. If you bless others, you will eventually be blessed. God is the source of all blessings. Only He can grant us blessings. Praying to the sun and the moon is an exercise in futility. Worshipping cows, pigs, or the statue of Virgin Mary produces nothing. Only God can grant us blessings. When we say we bless others, we are merely invoking God’s blessing on them. In the name of Jesus Christ, we must bless others. It is also important to remember that God has vested in the church the authority to bless. Psalm 118:26= “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.”

God gave unto Abraham the power of blessing. Genesis 12:3= “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” We are the spiritual descendants of Abraham. God is telling us, “Through you, I will reverse curse into blessing.” It is our God-given responsibility to use the power of blessing passed onto us. Numbers 6:27 = “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” In other words, God will bless the Israelites when Aaron and his sons, the anointed priests, intercede for them. In the post-New Testament era, the believers of Christ have been made priests and given the power of blessing. With this God-given power, bless your husband, wife, children, pastor, elders, deacons, and all church family. Also, bless your co-workers. Bless them and do not curse.

In a short paragraph entitled Three Gates of Gold, its author Beth Day offers her profound insight on interpersonal relationship and language. It goes as follows: “If you are tempted to reveal a tale to you someone has told about another, make it pass, before you speak, three gates of gold; these narrow gates. First, “Is it true?” Then, “Is it needful?” In your mind, give truthful answer. And the next is last and narrowest, “Is it kind?” And if to reach your lips at last it passes through these gateways three, then you may tell the tale, nor fear what the result of speech may be.”

There may be those around you who resent and persecute you unjustly. Nevertheless, do not curse. If you reject curse, it cannot exert its power on you because the believers of Christ have been made resistant to poison, harm, and curse as stated in Mark 16:18. This by no means implies that it is safe to drink poison. True poison is found in people’s words. Poisonous, resentful, and vengeful words cannot harm the faithful. Balaam was summoned by King Balak of Moab to curse Israel, yet he could not curse Israel. King Balak reacted angrily saying, “Why do you not curse Israel? I treated you kindly and financially rewarded you generously to bring curse on them. But why do you bless them.” Balaam then responds, “Whom God has blessed none can curse.” These are the words of true wisdom. What God has blessed none can curse. Numbers 23:8 = “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?”

Denounce in the name of Jesus Christ the curse and persecution by others. Curse has no power over the believers like you and me. There is no need to react sensitively to or be troubled by the vilification directed against us. If we retaliate and curse our persecutors, we will in the end become the recipient of that curse. If we bless them instead of wishing misfortunes against them, God’s blessing will come upon us. That is the law of the spiritual world.

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