For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Timothy 1:7
For the next few weeks, I am going to be doing a series on a Christian perspective of bullying. This is a new topic for me, so it will also be an interesting exploration to tie Scripture to real-life issues.
This week, I'm going to give a brief overview about what bullying is and why it is important for Christians to understand bullying.
Bullying is the use of superior strength or influence to intimate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Growing up, this often comes off as teasing someone for who they are, what they wear, what they believe, or what they look like. According to some recent statistics, 1 in 7 students from kindergarten to the end of high school are bullied, but I believe that more children are bullied than these statistics show because some kids don't even know that they are being bullied.
Why is this important for us as Christians?
a) There is no reason to bully someone because we are not the authority. Only God is our authority.
b) God is love. Though He is our ultimate authority, He reigns with love and calls each one of us to love one another.
c) God has called us to advocate for those weaker than we are and to reach out to those in need.
I want to explore how we can react to a bully when we are bullied as well as learn how to make sure we are
not being a bully.
Until next time,