Bullying is a major problem among teens today. Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about bullying and about how to handle bullies?
Let's take a look:
1-Be wise in choosing your friends. The Bible says says about choosing friends: "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." (Proverbs 12: 26). How do you choose your friends? Do you choose them based on popularity, looks, smarts?
The right way to choose friends is to choose them based on their character. Consider your friends. Do they love Jesus and obey God? Or are they rebellious and want to do whatever they feel like doing?
2-Return good for evil. When someone tries to bully you via a hurtful comment on Facebook, or an insult at school, or an act of rejection, do something to bless that person. Say something kind. Tell that person you are praying for her. Help her in some way.
Jesus said this: “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:39-40)
3-Stand up to the bully. There will be times when you will need to stand up to the bully. You will need to establish your boundaries and not allow the bully beyond them.
Remember your authority in Christ and use it against the enemy. In reality, you are not fighting the bully; you are fighting Satan and his demons:
"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12).
"And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you" ( Deuteronomy 28: 10).
4-Forgive the bully. Behind the mask a bully wears is a frightened person who does not feel she is worth much. So she uses bullying to make herself feel important. As you forgive the bully and pray for her, God will begin to change her life.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: Have you ever been bullied? How did you handle the bully? Did you handle her God's way or your way?
"How to Deal with Bullying" by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)
Copyright 2017 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.
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