Understanding Curses, Part V/Giving and Receiving, Part V

Scripture teaches us that, what we do or desire for others, God will also do for us (that is why we don’t always have to pray for our own needs. Simply pray for the needs of others, and desire that others be FILLED with God’s mercy, and God will POUR IT OUT on ourselves, in accordance with Luke 6:38: “Give [mercy] and it shall be given unto you.”). All of these principles of how God acts towards us come straight from the Scriptures. “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12). Do you know what “the Law and the Prophets” means? It means that it is written “in stone,” as it were — you can’t change what God has written, or decreed. It is a decree of God. It is a permanent law of God.

When you treat someone well, out of a heart attitude of mercy, expect it in return, from God. In reality — let me explain this a little further — God’s heart and willingness to give to us is always available, because that is His character: He is a MERCIFUL GOD. So we must not think that by having mercy on others, that we somehow “make” God merciful. No no no. It is not like that. But rather, we do have the ability to “open and close” that gate which “lets God’s mercy flow in our lives.” By NOT having mercy on others, and acting out of a sense of judgment, we DO close God’s “mercy gate” towards us, and bring judgment upon ourselves. Remember, God is merciful — that is one of His great characteristics. No one “makes him” that way by “working their way to show Him” that they are good enough. We don’t “work” our way to making God merciful. But we DO control the “opening and closing” of the gate. When we got saved, that gate was OPEN. But by acting harshly towards others … we actually closed it. We have the ability, however, to OPEN IT ONCE AGAIN.

Now let’s see how this fits in with Gehazi, and why he got cursed. Gehazi was a greedy man — he coveted gold, silver, (etc.). He did not know the meaning of mercy, but acted out of a sense of justice that day when he went to fetch Naaman’s gold (see 2 Kings 5:25-27). That is why he got cursed. Let’s examine this a little further. Justice — or judgment, really — desires to “get,” while mercy desires to “give.” That’s really, why Jesus (in Luke 6:38), says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Give mercy, in other words, and God will keep His wonderful “mercy gate” open towards us (or open it if it has been closed). He will bless us and meet our needs, yes, and even heal us of our infirmities. But the greedy man (like Gehazi) is not like that. The greedy man desires to get for himself all those things that he thinks he needs, or wants — yes, even healing. His focus is not on giving away mercy, but always “getting” what he thinks he needs. Friend, this is a wrong and deadly focus, and totally unscriptural! Remember what Scripture says, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” You may be in your most severe, critical, state, right now. Think about ways that you can “give” to God — perhaps it is a phone call to that person that you have felt alienated from for a long time. Is God motivating you to do it? Gehazi was motivated out of greed, to do “whatever it took” to “serve justice” in his own eyes. Don’t be like him. Give, instead, even if the other person, in your eyes, “doesn’t deserve it.” Remember, we are to be like God. And it says that “He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Luke 6:35).

Gehazi wanted to “get” justice for himself, thinking that he somehow “deserved” the money (fields, etc.) that he was coveting in his heart. He went to great lengths to get it, too, by practicing deception. That is the way it is with the man consumed with “getting justice.” You will notice (all the time) that a sense of deception reigns in his heart. He is a violent and cursed man. There is no help for him apart from his own repentance. He must give up his judgment towards others, and all his bitter grudges. Gehazi wasn’t thinking “mercy,” but rather “justice.” “I deserve this.” The attitude was on him, and on what he thought he needed. His attitude was “justice” oriented, and that is why he got cursed. See the point? Desiring to GIVE MERCY AWAY towards others rather than GETTING JUSTICE for ourselves really DOES have a lot to do with “escaping every curse” that has fallen on us. For curses fall, as we see in the case of Gehazi, because of a desire to get, and not give.