If you think bullying only happens to school children, think again. Anyone who goes out of their way to inflict any type of pain onto someone else for their own enjoyment is a bully. Adults can be bullied even within their marriages. College students are often trolling or getting trolled on the internet. The fact of the matter is that we as Christians need to take a step back and not get pulled into that type of scene.
#1- Identity The Behavior
“By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:20)
Bullying can come in all forms, subtle and discreet, or blunt and obnoxious. Do the right thing, Christians need to take a stand for everything God’s name stands for. Love.
#2- Seek God For Strength
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6)
The easiest choice would be to just give into a rage and deal with the bullying. Seek wisdom from God first, so that He can give you the strength and the patience to deal with such people. Wisdom is what nurtures a pure heart because it will help you steer clear of bad decision making.
#3- Learn To Let Things Go
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath” (Romans 12:19)
Remember that revenge is not ours to have. Everyone will get what they deserve in due time. God asks us to forgive those who have harmed us, but remember that forgiving doesn’t mean that you will continue to be a pushover. Speak up! You need to inform those around you of how you are feeling. And remember to not leave any bitterness in your heart, for it can be a toxic thing once it takes control.
#4- Truly Forgive
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45)
Know that the bully isn’t the real enemy out there. Satan has every means available to him, and trust that he WILL use anything he can in order to get you off your righteous path of seeking God first. Remember to keep a special prayer for your enemies, as well as your allies.