That's Just Mean

We live in a time when bullying and rudeness rule the day.

I can remember a time that if I had said half the things I hear now in front of my mom, I wouldn't be here now.

2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I hear parents and adults say all the time.  The bullying has to stop!  I agree!  But it first will start with you.  Grown-ups get bullied just as much as kids do.  The use of one's personality to oppress others is a manipulative trick as old as time.  For some reason though, it's in vogue right now.

God made you unique.  He did not create you for the purpose of being abused by others.  He made you with a purpose, and it is a great one!  You've got to remember that God made you and that when you live your life according to His purpose - you will be enriched by it.

So what do you do?
#1 - Don't be the bully.  That doesn't mean that you cannot ask for help or even stand up for yourself. The key here.  Don't bully a bully with bullying.  (Is that a real sentence?)

#2 - Don't seek revenge. Romans 12:19 says, .....“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  No, you are not His little helper either.  God keeps score.  He will settle it properly. 

#3 - Speak softly and carry a BIG . . . .  Bible.  No, don't hit them with it!!!  (Admit it, you went there.)  Act like a follower of Jesus.  The Bible does say that a kind word turns away anger.  Proverbs 15:1 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to respond to the bullying of this world with Your love.  AMEN! 

PS - If you are the bully.  Most likely you're just modeling what you have seen or heard.  You may get your way most of the time - but you will be alone most of the time too.  Change your ways and discover what it is like to be a part of something bigger than yourself.  


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