really wants to be a bully? Nobody! The only reason kids become over-aggressive
and hurtful is that they don't know any better. Most of all, they don't know
how special they are to God, and how much attention and guidance they could
have if they would only turn to Him.
the one being tormented or annoyed by a bully, it might be very hard to reach
out to him or her and try to start a positive relationship. But that's what a
child should do.
Never do it
in a group, in front of other kids. But if you're alone, say this:
"You know, it
was Jesus Who gave us the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you" (Matthew 7:12). I believe in Jesus. Do you? Do you think He would
approve of what you're doing?"
It might be
the turning point in that youngster's life, to get him or her to gain some
empathy and realize that bullying is wrong.
Bible truth is that you never, ever hurt someone back, not even the worst bully
in the whole school. "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute
you" (Matthew 5:44).
other hand, we're not supposed to just sit back and take abuse, or be
somebody's doormat. Jesus NEVER told us to bottle up our feelings. Instead, we're
to express them, to Him, to our loved ones, and even to the ones who are
As for the
child who is on the victim's end of bullying, there's consolation in the Bible,
too. Jesus praised meek, kind people who were persecuted, saying they would be
the big shots in heaven, in the Beatitudes, including "Blessed are the
peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9).