Purple team captain Phillip Martin led the boys’ Bible study this afternoon discussing how it is “Possible to Overcome Bullying & Live in Peace.” “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” — Mary Anne Radmacher.
1. How often have you heard about bullying? Matthew 5:13-16 tells us that we should be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Jesus wants us to show how great His care and compassion is in all the world, that we can make mountains shake and nations move. Salt is a preservative which keeps food from going bad, and light shines into the darkness and represents good deeds that we do in love. The world is a dark hopeless place and needs to see the light and goodness of Jesus.
2. How can we move that big stack? We should refuse to do nothing, but rather walk in the Lord, take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Ephesians 5:9-16). As the phrase “Carpe Diem” goes, we should seize the day. We need to speak out against bullying. We need to look for ways to help people who are struggling with bullying and depression.
3. What happens to a field left without anyone to take care of it? We should arise and shine in whatever situation we might find ourselves in. “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you” – Isaiah 60:1,2. God wants us to go into the dark world filled with His light, love, glory, and power!
How to overcome bullying:
1. Don’t ever bully! No physical bullying, no threats, no name calling, no insults, no spreading of rumors, no ignoring, and no gossiping, whether in person or on social media. Ephesians 4:29-32 tells us to not speak corruption, to put away bitterness, wrath, and anger, and to be kind, tenderhearted, and to forgive one another.
2. Realize the power of your words! Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
3. If you see someone being bullied or struggling with depression, do something about it!
4. If you’re being bullied–tell somebody!
5. If you’re struggling with depression–get help! Find out what God’s word says about you–that you are loved, accepted, special, important, and valuable.
6. Let’s show practical love to people every day!
7. Look for people who are lonely and hurting and reach out to them in love!
Romans 15:1-3 – “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on Me.'”
“All that is necessary for evil to prosper is that enough good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke