Monday, July 18, 2011

Dealing with bullies

Everyone has experienced a bully or two in life. Even powerful, godly Isaac had to face a bunch of meanies out in the middle of nowhere. You'd think he'd call on God to strike the culprits down with a stray lightning bolt or something. He was the chosen one, after all, How dare they try to make life so miserable over something as petty as a streak of envy?
He and his men worked hard to dig out each well. But every time they finished the grueling task, along came someone else trying to start something. Surprisingly Isaac just had his men move along and ignore the bullies. And one day the bullies finally had enough and quit bugging them.
You may not be fighting over wells in the desert, but you most likely know all too well how mean people can be. You're just minding your own business when, out of the blue, someone hurls a hurtful insult at you. With one unkind word or cruel look, they figuratively fill in all the wells you've been working so hard to dig. And it hurts.
The temptation is to launch a counterattack. But as a follower of Jesus, that's not the best answer . He said to turn the other cheek. In fact, that's exactly what he did on the cross. So follow Jesus' and Isaac examples. Keep moving forward in obedience and forgiveness, and leave retaliation up to God.


Kim, USA said...

Hi Tess, we just had talked about this with my friends and yes many kids had experienced with bullies. If kids reported being bullied in school it has to be reported immediately. Than be sorry at the end. Now it's the problem of some schools because cyber bully is rampant too. Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it.

Dhemz said...

very well said mamiTes....:) just a quick visit....:)

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