One of the things evidenced in Deuteronomy 23 was God demanding that people like Balak and Balaam never be allowed into the Lord’s assembly because they cursed Israel.
No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the Lord ’s assembly; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, may ever enter the Lord ’s assembly. This is because they did not meet you with food and water on the journey after you came out of Egypt, and because Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim was hired to curse you. Yet the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but He turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.
Deuteronomy 23:3-5 HCSB
This is not in contradiction with what Jesus said in Matthew 5 as I’ve explained earlier. Here Jesus simply goes further to instruct and encourage that we reward good for evil, that we do not fight.
BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU
Here is a deeper understanding you should have – the curses pronounced on any child of God by a man or a spirit, no matter how highly placed in the evil kingdom, is at best a blessing and at worst useless and of none effect.
The curses of Balaam were resoundingly turned into blessings (Nehemiah 13:2). When God told Abraham that He’d bless those that bless him and curse those that curse him, it simply meant that Abraham was already blessed (as can be seen in Genesis 12: 2).
So, anyone that blesses Abram is blessing himself but anyone that curses Abram is cursing himself. The curses of men hold no water when you’re already blessed. So, hating them or worse still cursing back shows a lack of understanding of who you are.
The book of Proverbs 26 verse 2 says that as a sparrow flies around the house and swallow migrates to strange countries, so an undeserved curse being pronounced may flutter about the neighbourhood for a season and then disappear.
The only time a curse stands is when you’re not innocent. In which case, you’ll need to repent, ask for forgiveness and through prayers, the curse will be reversed. (Isaiah 49:24-26)
But when curses are uttered out of sheer wickedness, you can just go on to praise God and claim your blessings. This is a knowledge that liberates – No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper and any tongue that rises against you is condemned already. (Isaiah 54:17)
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So, don’t render evil for evil, nor railing for railing (1 Peter 3:9) because it adds no value. The only thing you should do is to bless them that curse you because without your blessings they are cursed.
The love for them should induce you to say ‘‘although you curse me, I bless you because I know that without my blessings, you’ll remain cursed.’’
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