Thursday, March 08, 2012

Bullying: Part Two - Do Not Return Evil For Evil

The Sin is in the Secrecy

Yesterday I posted a breakdown of bullying and a first step in fighting against it which is confiding in friends (you trust the most) for support and assistance. Each of these can look very different on a case by case basis. I do not believe there is any one piece of advice or encouragement that covers every situation. They are as varying as fingerprints and snowflakes. The thing to watch out for here, though, is gossiping! I feel only a small number (3-5) of confidants should be made aware of the circumstances and only for helping you and for prayer...not for feeding the rumor mill or building your case against the other individual---so choose wisely!

Do Not Return Evil for Evil

Just because oppression or harassment may not always be punished (or punishable) by law, does not make it okay. It is, in my opinion, very unhealthy and destructive. So, do NOT try to give a bully a taste of his/her own medicine. Firstly, because the word of God says so. Secondly, I just do not think it would be a wise idea...mess with a bull and you are going to get the horns! Further, ask God to guard your heart so you do not begin to do to others what a bully is doing to you. Do not repeat the behavior.

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." (Romans 12:17-19 ESV)

Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
(Proverbs 26:4 ESV)

"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Knowledge is Power

Instead, educate yourself (and others) regarding this matter. To keep your body fit you learn about nutrition, good eating habits, and proper exercise. To have a healthy mind one should likewise study up on emotional, mental, and behavioral topics.

But, I will get into that a little bit more tomorrow. For now, I leave you with this.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
(Proverbs 18:10 ESV)

Be safe.
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