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 him. Help him 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 (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 he is worth much. So he uses bullying to make himself feel important. As you forgive the bully and pray for him, 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 him God's way or your way?
"How to Handle a Bully" by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)
Copyright 2016 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.
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