Everyone knows that bullying is wrong, so why does it keep happening? While I cannot answer that question, a better question that I often find parents asking is how to help my child handle situations of bullying. My first thought as a parent is to go to the stories of David and Golaith, or Elijah and the prophets of Baal. One of those brave stories where God shows up and triumphs over the evil in a massive display of power. That is how I want to react when I feel someone is bullying my child.
However, those might not be the right scriptures to draw wisdom from in this situation when speaking with your child, or you might be getting a call from the principles office in the near future. Instead, think about verses in our faith that call us to encourage and stand with those who are being marginalized or mistreated. Consider using the following stories and verses in your conversations.
- Jesus went confronted with a woman who was being persecuted said to the gathered crowd: “leave her alone.” (John 12:7)
- And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. (1 Thess. 5:14-15).
- Jesus told the disciples to “turn the other cheek,” yet when he was struck, he demanded a just cause for being struck. Talk to your kids about justice, and how to politely stand up for those who are wrongly accused or mistreated.
- The book of proverbs talks about what is wise, and what is unwise in word and action. While they cannot change the actions of others, how they respond will speak the truth about their personal character and integrity.
Above all, encourage one
another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
May God bless our students as they enter another year of learning and growing.
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