Friday, September 28, 2012

Confession #23 Bullies Get Back!

Bullying is a huge topic these days and rightfully so.  Too many of our children and teens have been hurt, taunted, terrified and tortured by these so called bullies.  However, bulling doesn't stop at children, lately I've begun to notice that grown ups have their own brand of this horrible behavior and it has got to stop

I just want to know why people think it's okay to spread rumors, talk behind someones back and make others feel terribly uncomfortable in their presence.  These people tend to believe that their behavior is justified but ignore the fact that in actuality they are being nothing but a no good Jesus' hating bully.  That's right I said it, a Jesus hatin' B.U.L.L.Y!   When someone tries to intimidate another person out of the environment that they spend time in whether it be a neighborhood, job, organization or church said person is playing bully.    What's worse is I've seen it happening in churches, the place your supposed to go to feel safe, feel loved, and to learn and grow in God's love.  Where's God's love, in that kind of behavior? While I realize that most of us at church are the spiritually sick and that church serves as a kind of hospital to bring healing to our broken hearts and minds, it is not okay to use that environment for a personal playground to bully.

God made us all different for a reason. And that reason was not to weed out the weak or the less fortunate nor to pick apart our differences.  God loves variety, he creates beauty with it and never did He ever intend that it become a breeding ground for hatred.   Just because someone is different does not give people the right to treat anyone poorly!!!!!  Nor is it justified to take anger out on someone else.  If one has a problem with another it should be dealt with peaceably not with ugliness.  "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."  Romans 12:19 (King James Version)

Christians it's time to unite and stop bullying across the board, but we need to start with our churches.  We cannot be so afraid that we will lose a parishioner by confronting them on this issue in love and truth mixed with grace and mercy.  But if they do choose to go, then so be it.  Jesus will find them wherever they go and hopefully bring change to their hearts.  It's our job to forgive them and pray for them; not foster an environment for their hatred.

Ladies will you join with me?  Start with refusing to take part in this ugliness.  Love thy neighbor as thyself.  When someone wants to whisper gossip in your ear about someone else, refuse to listen to it.  When others have rumors to spread, don't be a party to it.  When you see someone mistreat another, stand up and say something in love.  Foster an environment of mediation and healing.  Let's stop the spread of this behavior by showing people just how Jesus intends us to behave.  People cannot expect to conform to what they don't see modeled before them.  Lead by example Jesus lovers. 

"But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed.  God 'will give to each person according to what he has done.'  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew then for the Gentile.  For God does not show favoritism."  Roman 2:2

"Dear Heavenly Father, I pray today that we women will unite in our churches across the world to put a stop to bullying once and for all.  Teach us all to lead by example in love mixed with grace and mercy.  And Lord show these bullies how ugly their behavior is and convict them to repentance.  In Jesus precious name I pray." AMEN!!!
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