The Curse of Sin
God doesn’t curse people. But it is sin that causes people to receive the curses of evil. Man simply reaps the consequences of his own evil choices. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). It is man’s own “lust” that leads him to reap the curses of evil. Sin pays its servants what they have sown (Ezekiel 18:4).
The Bible tells us, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man” (James 1:13). The apostle says that the sufferings, trials, and curses that the believer faces should never be seen as allowed by God for the purpose of causing him to sin. When God permits people to face difficulties, it is not with the intent that any one should fail. His purpose is like that of the refiner, who casts his metals into the fire with the hope that a purer metal will be the result—not with the intention of destroying it.
By contrast, Satan tempts with the intention of causing pain, suffering, defeat and death and never for strengthening a man’s character (Matthew 4:1; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:5). But their temptations would have no force if believers don’t respond to the temptation. No man can be forced to sin. And this fact is clear as we look back at the history of mankind from the beginning till this time (Genesis 3:1–6).
The good new is that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of sin when He died on the cross to atone for our transgressions (Galatians 3:13). Any one that accepts Him as personal Savior and walk in his path will be saved and will have eternal life (John 1:12,3:16). Suffering is inflicted by Satan, but is overruled by God for purposes of mercy. The Lord works all things for the good of His children (Romans 8:28).
In His service,