BULLYING

Bullying often comes in one of four forms:

  • Verbal: Includes name calling, teasing, and racial or ethnic slurs.
  • Social: Spreading rumors, leaving people out of activities, and  turning on friends.
  • Physical: Includes hitting, punching, shoving, and other physical abuse.
  • Cyberbullying: Negative comments on social media, texting, and email.

Hurting people hurt people: Often times, people who bully others are acting out of some hurt they have experienced.


What to Do About Bullying

  1. Ask for help: Speak with an authority figure such as a teacher or  guidance counselor at school or a supervisor at work.
  2. Don’t Retaliate: Do NOT seek revenge. Choose to forgive them  while seeking to resolve the conflict and not avoid it.
  3. Seek Advice: It might be wise to sit down with a professional  Christian counselor and/or trusted adult to talk through the  effects of bullying.
  4. Pray: Ask God to help you and give you confidence in Him and  “pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Deuteronomy 31:6 says,Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  God is always with you.  You can turn to Him and trust Him with everything in your life.