Godly cursing

Cursing is generally not commended in Scripture.  St. James sums it up when he writes, “out of the same mouth come praise and cursing: this should not be” (James 3:10).  And it is God’s intention to turn back cursing, whether it be the curse of sin under which we all labor, or the curses which may have been hurled our way, or which we have casually thrown to others.
But there is one kind of cursing that is allowed, even commended: the godly curse.  St. Paul mentions those who bring a different Gospel than that revealed in Jesus Christ: he says of them, “let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8-9).  There are circumstances in which our prayers can include curses, not so much weighed against individuals or groups of people, but against the evil of the enemy at work in what they do to harm others.  So, for example, I make it a habit to curse pornography and the sex industry (“let them be under God’s curse”) while praying that those who are employees or consumers would be blessed to find better employment or more wholesome appetites.
So, as you pray for others, particularly those being harmed by others, be prepared to attack the enemy behind the harm with a godly curse, knowing that Jesus cursed the enemy when He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended to glory, thereby assuring that satan’s doom is sure.

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