Listen to today’s devo!

The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. (Ezek. 18:20)

Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 18:20-23

My mother was the first in her family to embrace a personal relationship with God, as distinct from religious church attendance. While most of her family members shared many positive traits, like a strong work ethic and kindness toward others, over time they had also acquired several negative qualities—like alcohol addiction, superstition, and severe anxiety.

After my mother accepted Jesus as Lord of her life, she became aware of just how crippling such family characteristics were. She considered them “generational curses” or destructive behavioral patterns that had been passed down from generation to generation over many years. Whether they were inherited genetically or taught environmentally was irrelevant; the reality was, they undermined—or, at least, fell far short of—God’s design and intention for humanity as described in the Scriptures.

As she prayed about this, my mother decided that she would be the one to break these generational curses. “It is going to stop with me!” she determined. And it did.

One of the greatest struggles with sin is the desire to self-justify and blame others or our circumstances. While God understands that family dynamics can influence us negatively, he has given his followers the power to reverse that trend. Jesus Christ made it possible by breaking the curse of sin through the cross. It is now up to us to walk in that victory.

Determine to break a “generational curse” in your family today.

Laura Hurd is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and holds a master’s degree from Wesley Seminary. She copastors with her husband, Jason, in rural Nebraska.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.