The statistics are staggering. The consequences are critical. From students to stockbrokers, in neighborhoods and nursing homes, the brutal behavior of bullying runs rampant. Whether maligned in social media or demoralized in one’s declining years—bullying is a problem worldwide. Whether you are the bullied, the bystander, the bully, or the parent of a bully, God’s Word provides practical help for dealing with this destructive societal downfall. In these Keys for Living, discover how God’s truth can equip you with right thinking, and how His unfailing love can mend the broken heart.
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School can be a complicated environment for children and, although you’re not present every minute of every day, as a parent or a guardian you can prevent bullying from taking root. How? Prepare and empower your children to confront and conquer bullying. Communicate to your child how God makes everyone unique and valuable. Encourage your children to stand up for themselves and especially to stand up for others. Then be their example. In Titus 2 verses 7 and 8 we read, “In everything set them an example by doing good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.” What’s being said here is, model relationships of kindness, respect, civility, self-control and especially empathy because bullies don’t have empathy. Realize, with children, more is caught, then taught.
“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
Somehow Phoebe ignites a fuse of jealousy—a fuse that causes a firestorm that blazes out of control. Some say it’s jealousy over her looks—her raven hair and sparkling eyes—that inflames a band of popular girls at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. Others say it’s jealousy over boys—the two guys she dates—that provokes a warning from a notorious clique that fits the profile of the proverbial “Mean Girls.” They stalk the hallways projecting their prominence and power, and they issue a directive to Phoebe: Stay away from “people’s men.”
Phoebe has previously caught the eye of Sean, the captain of the football team, who began dating her but failed to mention he already had a girlfriend. When Phoebe finds out about Kayla, she apologizes to her and assumes all is resolved.
The Irish teen later dates Austin, which raises the ire of his on-again, off-again girlfriend—the not-so-nice Flannery. This dating dilemma prompts Phoebe to offer yet another apology. Phoebe’s pursuit of peace is met only with threats—threats of violence, which is characteristic of bullying.
“In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.”
“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
For the Bully—
1 Peter 5:5–6
For the Bullied—
For the Bystander—