Bullies

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.-Jeremiah 29:11

Bullies have often had the stereotype of being a large kid with spiky hair. They also have had the stereotypical bully duties “stealing lunch money, wedgies, and even the occasional stuffing in lockers”. But things have changed. They could be anyone and now due to social media they are much more involved in everyday life, and at times nearly impossible to get away from. Bullies these days often make threats, blackmail and try to intimidate people.

Sometimes, it's obvious a bully has some serious issues, and is in need of help. I'm sure you want them to get that help, or at the very least you want them to leave you alone. We know that God doesn't like bullies - just take a look at  2 Kings 2:23-24

However, as followers of Jesus, we are encouraged to love our enemies, so pray for God to give you peace and understanding with this person. Try not to obsess or focus too much on what these bullies say. Try your best to move on! Remember God has a very specific and personal plan for you. Get the help you need from friends, family, counsellors, so you can keep running your race, and get through the trials that are thrown in your way.

It can be hard to consider bullying “all joy” but think about what you can learn: conflict resolution, value of words, overcoming obstacles, and most importantly trusting Jesus. The Bible says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”- James 1:2-4

If your are in need of encouragement study the book of Proverbs. It provides great encouragement and also insight on the difference between wise people who follow the Lord, and 'fools', who are always trying to cause trouble.

Remember, you are created in God's image! You are exactly the way He wanted you created! Don't let someone who does not know your purpose stop you from living the life God wants!

 

Felicia McDanielComment