🤣Oh wow! If you’re this worried about curses, then don’t come to Lagos, because you may get a curse for mistakes as little as stepping on someone. In traffic, even after trafficating, you’d still get a curse for changing your lane. The fact that they say it in Yoruba makes it even more hilarious.
However, since you asked, let’s touch a few things. There are quite a number of scriptural principles that should be considered when dealing with the subject of curses. So let’s look at a few.
1. A curse cannot work if the person that placed the curse is lesser than the authority over your life.
For instance, the devil cannot curse believers. Instead, if he has an issue against a believer, he’d take that believer to the court of God to argue his case. If he wins, then he’d be given a legal right to oppress you in any way he deems fit, including placing a curse on you.
If the devil cannot place a curse on a believer without a court ruling, then none of his agents can place a curse on a believer without a ruling.
We see a picture of this in an event that happened between King Balak, Balaam, and Jacob. Balak declared Jacob and Isreal as a enemy and hired Balaam to curse them. Let’s read from scriptures:
5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.
6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.
7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.
It’s important to mention that Balaam wasn’t exactly a prophet of God, he was a soothsayer who also believed in the God of Israel. This would also help us understand why King Balak could consult him to curse Jacob and Israel. Unfortunately for King Balak, Balaam understood that the authority over Isreal would make his curse ineffective, hence his reply. He couldn’t curse who God had not cursed, neither could he defile who God had not defiled. In other words, his curse can only work on them if God curses them.
If you’d recall, this thing began with Abraham. God promised him that He’d bless anyone that blesses him and curse anyone that curses him.
In a nutshell, if the person who cursed you is an unbeliever, then you don’t have a reason to worry. Come to think of it, it was a mistake you were genuinely sorry for.
2. A curse cannot work on you except you deserve it.
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
Having established that an unbeliever cannot curse who God has blessed, it’s important that I talk about the curse attached to disobedience to God’s laws.
Christ didn’t redeem us from the law, He redeemed us from the curse of the law. The consequences of breaking the law in the old testament was grievous, many of those who violated were even sentenced to death.
When Christ died for our sins, He took the place of the consequences or curses attached to breaking God’s laws, so that when the consequence tries to rise against us for breaking the law, Christ rises against it with His grace. That’s why the bible says, “Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? God forbid!(Rom 6:1)”. Jesus will always rise up to intercede for our negligence to the law, but according to Romans 1:28, rebellious people would have to carry their cross after a while.
For instance, we’re commanded to honour our parents so that it can be well with us. You can’t continue to dishonor your parents and expect that God’s grace will remain with you. Another scripture says we should obey those who have rule over us because they have a responsibility to watch our soul, that means you can’t continue to disregard your pastors or even your bosses and expect that grace would continue. You can’t continue to sin and expect grace to abound.
So, while an unbeliever cannot curse us, there are certain laws of God that we cannot continue to defile, otherwise, we would be deserving of the curse for disobeying that law.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!