It's a sad tendency in the Body of Christ: Christ believers who see themselves as "cursed by God." They feel like they have the anti-Midas touch, whatever they do turns golden opportunities into rusty results. They've lost a sense of God's blessing (something that Paul was adament to claim--for himself as well as his converts--despite his detractors, see Gal. 4:12-15). According to Paul, this happens when Christians fall under the spell of believing we are supposed to earn God's blessing, deserve His favor, by keeping the law. Therefore, these law-abiders believe they're getting what they deserve when bad things happen to them. Break God's law and you endure divine punishment. It's as if God were playing "whack the mole" in the game of sin managment. But, after a while, suffering the body blows of life's disappointments, many give up trying to please the impossible standard of God's reciprocal love. "I'm cursed by God."
There's so much wrong here, I don't know where to begin. But, let me start with this: God's love cannot be earned. He loves us regardless. We call it grace (Paul's favorite way of describing the economy of God's salvation). Since we cannot earn His blessing, neither can we incite His wrath--as if He loses patience and finally "let's us have it." How do I know this for certain? Because, if that's the way God works, on a quid pro quo basis, then the cross means nothing.
It's sad how many Christ believers cannot see the cross of Jesus as a blessing, the grace of God that changes everything. In loss we find gain, in weakness we are strong, in giving power away we are empowered, in death we live. Because of Christ, none of us are cursed by God. Period.
What's even sadder to me is how many Christians point out the weaknesses of other believers and call it a curse, the failures of others and call it divine punishment. "Look. She's getting what she deserves." To which Paul would reply: "On the contrary, none of us deserve the cross of Jesus. It is the sheer, blessed grace of God."