Dealing with Bullying – Understand Bullying
When dealing with bullying in your school, office, or social circles, it is important to understand the magnitude of it. Bullying is defined as “a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.”1
Many experts categorize bullying into 4 basic types—
Dealing with Bullying – What can we do?
If you are personally dealing with a bully or trying to help a child who is a victim, consider the following points.
Dealing with Bullying – Do unto others…
There is a saying that many of us learned as a child. It is called the golden rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Did you know this saying comes from the Bible (Matthew 7:12)? In this verse, Jesus was summing up the entire Old Testament. For example, Leviticus 19:18 says, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” Jesus knew that people like to be respected, loved, and appreciated. So, He gave this command as the second greatest command, followed only by the command to love God Himself (Matthew 22:39).
Jesus also said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”