Bullying

According to the dictionary the definition of bullying is:

1.     The use of strength or power to force,

2.     Or pressure others by fear;

3.     Persecuting or oppressing others by force or threat of force.

 It is forbidden.

Making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone verbally and intentionally, or excluding someone from a group are acts of bullying.

Bullying happens nearly everywhere: in homes, nursery schools, preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools,  homeschool groups, co-ops, neighborhoods, churches, city parks, online bullying, and on the streets. It happens in large cities and small towns. I have witnessed believers attacking or doing these things to other believers. I’m confident that when we attack or make fun of another believer’s life, what they believe, in private or online, or in front of any audience, that this is bullying.
When we share with others about another person’s sins in a way that slanders, gossips, or insults -this is also bullying.
The Bible talks about bullying, here are some of the bible verses regarding bullying:

    Deuteronomy 24:14 – You shall not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of your brethren, or a stranger that is among you.

    Leviticus 25:17 – You shall not therefore oppress one another; but you SHALL fear your God: for I am the Lord your God.

 Leviticus 19:18 – You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

 Luke 6:31 – Do to others what you would want them to do to you
 
  1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil
 

     Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 Like I shared, these are only a few of the many verses that God instructs us about bullying, the consequences of it, and how we are to act in the face of bullying.

The schools, newspapers, television, and radio have been talking about this serious problem. As you can see, this is a very old problem since the Bible speaks against this in many different verses.

  • According to the American Medical Association, 3.7 million youths engage in bullying, and more than 3.2 million are victims of “moderate” or “serious” bullying each year.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 5.7 million children are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or sharing inappropriate photos or messages about a person.

Here are just a few stories I want to share with you:

  •   A 13-year-old “hanged himself after leaving a lengthy note that detailed three years of bullying.”
  •  There was a girl named Arianna here is her story of when she got bullied.

“When I when I was in 3rd grade, I started getting bullied. I was called shorty. I was bullied, kicked, punched and laughed at. I didn’t do anything back. I didn’t want to get in trouble, so I just told my mother. She told the principal to stop this child from hurting me. But, I was still bullied and had to go to another school. Now I am in 6th grade, trying to stand strong. I don’t cut, but I was close to trying to hurt myself in another way. But I decided not to. I am still a victim of being bullied, but I’m stronger.

  • There was another girl, Skyler, and she was bullied and here is her story:

“When I was in the 2nd grade it seemed to start. I was sitting in class one day and these girls walked up to me and said, “Why are you sitting alone?” I told them that hardly anyone wants to hang out with me. They start laughing and saying mean things about me, which made me cry. Later on in 3rd grade those same girls told everyone not to hang out with me, I only had about 1 or 2 friends at the time, and it hurt. In 4th grade those girls acted a little nicer, but were still rude.

Even though I transferred they still make fun of me by calling me ugly, fat, annoying, and slow. I got really mad at that and I just snapped at them, but realized I became the bully. I learned that you really shouldn’t listen to the people who hate you and just be yourself. Who cares if they don’t like you for you, it’s just how you act!”

Like these stories I shared, unfortunately, some of us have had experiences with bullying too. For me, it was scary and it made me very sad at the time.  Why bully, especially if you’re a believer, when God gave us people to care for?  Care for others, don’t put them down and don’t make them do things against their will. Be a good person and not a bully to others. I have a family that I have to take care of and love on. God gave me this family as a gift, He did the same for you too.

It’s easier to be bad than good.  You will not be blessed if you follow the world and its ways of doing things. You will be blessed if you follow GOD and His ways. Don’t bully people who haven’t hurt you. Don’t bully your family, and don’t purposely hurt each other’s feelings. We are to love each other as God loves us.  Enjoy the people that God gave us to be friends with. I love my family so much. I don’t want to bully my brothers or sisters. I am thankful for the family that God gave me as a blessing. You should be thankful that God is here with us because without God we would always bully, fight and do everything bad we possibly could.  And I’m sharing this with you so that you don’t do it too.

We are supposed to show the love of God in the world to people. When God walked this earth, His heart was for those that were bullied, like when He said to the crowd who was bullying the woman, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” God cares for us always. Love each other. We are to do well and be an example to others and teach them good. Everything we do we pass on as an example to others. I try to do my best on being good so others do good too. Love each other as God does to us. Are we not supposed to show love? I love to share love don’t you?

WE are to be a light in this dark world, not bring more darkness to it.  Let God’s light and love shine through you!

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