Have you ever wondered why members of your family seem to all suffer from the same battles? Maybe it’s alcohol, cheating, abuse, suicide, insecurities, etc. that seems to play through your family line on repeat generation through generation. It’s almost like you can predict what is going to happen because you have witnessed it through stories your great grandparents, grandparents, and parents have told you. Why does this happen?
Is it a conincidence?
Possibly, or maybe it is a generational curse.
A generational curse is mentioned by some bible believers in reference to Exodus 34:5-7 which reads in the NIV version
5 Then The Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name The Lord. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
What are your thought about this?
For those of you that are spiritual or religious this might bring in insight from your biblical learning? This type of belief definitely will add more controversy to the topic. No one is right or wrong here in this article discussion yet something to think about.
I have heard people make statements like “you are just like your daddy, he was no good and you will be just like him”. Some might say there is life and death in the power of the tongue. Others might say that there is nothing that can be done because history just repeats itself over and over again.
Can the cycle be broken from generation to generation?
There are talk shows that have guests that are seeking help for various issues, and it is often interesting to find that the issues don’t stem from issues of present but those deeply rooted in the past. Sometimes we think we have overcome an issue but it is just hidden, buried deep, just waiting to be exposed. Buried hurt doesn’t heal, the scars only thicken and get tougher. And when the scar is finally exposed it hurts greater than ever, often causing more destruction than the initial wound.
Let’s consider this.
Is the son of an abuser destined to be an abuser? Is the daughter of a prostitute destined to follow the same path?
I’m sure some may say yes, while others say no.
Does causing the hurt to another or to self, heal the hurt a person is feeling?
Throughout our family history do people just turn their head and ignore the family patterns that are straining the family line or do they learn from them and travel a different path? Is there a way out?
This month Kokoa is focusing on various topics related to history. Does your family history includes generational curses? Tell us about how you or others have overcome. I’m listening.