As nasty a part of life as bullying is, we must accept that it is a part of life and learn to cope with it in our own ways.
The Bible can teach us many things about how to deal with any bullies in our lives and maintain our faith and connection to God.
These are some of the best 7 teachings from the Bible about managing problematic situations with bullies and controlling your emotions.
1. Galatians 6:1
“If you see your brother being oppressed, then look after him like you would yourself.”
This verse teaches us that when we see someone else being mistreated or bullied by another person, we should not stand idly by and do nothing but watch. Instead, we need to step up and help out if we can.
This serves as a reminder to us all that faith in God knows no boundaries and all believers must come together to help each other through difficult times.
It’s also worth remembering that if you are a victim of oppression or bullying, looking to other faithful people can help you find solace and protection.
2. John 2:9
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.”
This scripture tells us that those who bully others are actually living in darkness because they hate other people. The Bible says that anyone who hates another person cannot claim to be in the light.
The most problematic thing about bullies in the world is that they often don’t realize they are being bullies. They believe that they are ‘in the light’ but in actual fact are ‘still in the darkness’.
This is why it’s important to remain compassionate for bullies, even if their actions are wrong or sinful. They are simply living in the darkness and do not know the way out on their own.
3. Luke 6:27-28
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
This is another beautiful reminder from the Bible to treat everyone with compassion, even if they are a bully.
It can be instinctive to feel anger and hatred towards someone who bullies you and to want to get revenge on them.
Instead, we should remember that the spirit of God enables us to do good things in the world and show kindness to all people around us.
This is the great power that He gives us, and it should be exercised especially when faced with hardships like bullying.
If you find yourself to be a victim of any kind of bullying, in any walk of your life, remember this verse and remember the power given to you by God.
After all, Jesus dies for our sins so that we would be spared by the wrath of God, and it’s important that you must return the favor by doing the same to your enemies.
4. Matthew 5:44-45
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”
We all have been hurt at one time or another by bullies and sometimes this can lead to bitterness towards them.
However, this is a very destructive emotion that will only make matters worse. We must always try to forgive those who have hurt us because they are also one of God’s creations.
Any son or daughter of God shares the same world as the bullies that live in it, and we must therefore do the same as Jesus Christ did for us on the cross and pray for our enemies.
5. Psalm 138:7
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”
When we face adversity in life, we need to remember that God has a plan for us and that he will never leave us alone.
He will protect us and deliver us from any harm. In addition, He will give us the strength to overcome any troubles that we may face on our path through life.
In this particular verse, the psalmist was confident that God would preserve his life, so remained faithful that his devotion would be rewarded. We must take strength from the psalmist and maintain our faith and devotion, even in the face of adversity.
It is also important to remember that everyone on earth, including all the bullies, often has to ‘walk through the midst of trouble’ but everybody is capable of forgiveness and has the opportunity to redeem themselves under God.
6. Leviticus 19:18
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Again, this passage demonstrates the innate human instinct to seek revenge on those who have wronged you. For example, if you find yourself being bullied at work or at school by your colleagues, your natural reaction will likely be one of rage towards these colleagues.
It can be difficult to overcome this emotion in the midst of anger and rage, but God is here to remind us of his ruling over humanity: to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’.
The only justification needed for true believers to follow this rule is simple: ‘I am the lord’.
Jesus also taught us not to hate our brothers and sisters because we would be murdering them in our hearts (Matthew 5:21-22). To keep our hearts pure, we must respect God’s wishes and remain compassionate to all those around us.
7. Romans 12:20-12
“To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Just like so many of the passages we’ve looked at here, this one reminds us to treat all humans with compassion and kindness, regardless of their actions.
From this, we can also learn that evil can consume us if we give in to it. If this happens, we will become just as corrupt as the people who do wrong against us and can lose sight of our faith in God.
The reference to burning coals in this passage may seem quite violent, but it simply represents the weight of your enemies’ conscience forcing them to understand the errors of their ways.
You should have faith that God will speak to them through this conscience and make them a better person.
We cannot change others but we can change ourselves. The best way to deal with bullies is to forgive them and pray for them.
Remember that God loves every single one of his children no matter what they do, and we must strive to act likewise.