There’s a big difference between generational patterns and generational curses. While it may sound like a subtle difference in terminology, the end result in our lives is not subtle. The way you label and what you believe about the sins, habits and hang-ups in your life will determine the level of freedom you live in (or don’t live in).
Here’s the definition of the word curse:
A solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.
Then that would mean that a generational or ancestral curse would be something that previous generations of your family did that assigned a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on you. Something you were destined to live with; something that wasn't your choice.
It leads us to this question, "Why are people so ready to buy-in to the concept of a generational curse?" So many people are ready to buy-in to the concept of generational curse, because it’s easier to blame somebody else than take responsibility for our actions.
Blame was the first evidence of the sin nature in the human race. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the devil, and the human race has been blaming someone else ever since. The contrived theology of the generational curse is a man-made idea that gives us a convenient scapegoat for our issues.
Modern psychological theories have convinced people they are not really sinners, but are instead victims of society in general and more specifically they are victims of the choices of previous generations. People are quick to buy-in to anything shifts the blame off of them.
But let's be honest, when you blame others, you surrender your power to change.