Are there generational curses? I don’t think so because of verses like this:
Old Testament: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” Ezekiel 18:20 NIV
New Testament: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Galatians 3:13-14 NIV
I believe the sacrifice of Christ was complete.
He redeemed the mistakes of our ancestors.
He redeemed our mistakes.
Nothing our parents did or we did was bigger than Christ’s sacrifice.
He really did pay it all.
So what do we do when we find ourselves making the same mistakes as our parents?
1. Recognize it’s a generational habit and not a curse. Habits can be changed. Break alliances with the habit.
2. Remember sin is no longer your master (Romans 6:14). Christ dwells within you and has given you grace to say no to unrighteousness and yes to Godly living (Titus 2:12).
3. Realize we are now the children of Abraham. We inherited the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:29). We inherited faith and provision. We are blessed to be a blessing.
Regardless whether you call it a generational curse or a generational habit, the true headline is this:
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST!
Not one sin committed by our ancestors escaped the blood that flowed so freely.
Not one misdeed was strong enough to stand against the forgiveness offered. Not one.
We stand free from our past. Free from our parents’ mistakes. Free from any and all curses.
The cross was enough!