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“Bullying is a big problem. Does the Bible have anything to say?” — Jess
The Bible is not primarily an instruction manual; i.e., it does not always offer the sort of direct advice on specific topics that one might wish.
Nevertheless, as it introduces the reader to a powerful, personal, redeeming God (which is its primary purpose), the Bible also provides insight into how He views human interactions.
In this case, Scripture is clear that God is highly predisposed toward the “oppressed” and does not take kindly to “oppressors!”
To the victim of bullying: God hears the cries of the oppressed (Ex. 3:7-9) and He acts to deliver them (Ps. 10:17-18).
To those who are the victims of “evildoers,” the invitation is to “trust in the Lord . . . and commit your way to Him . . . and He will bring forth your judgment” (Ps. 37:1-7).
Jesus castigated his disciples when they tried to prevent children from coming to Him — He demonstrated a special place in his heart for the defenseless and vulnerable (Mt. 18:1-14; 19:13-15). He offered rest and healing (Mt. 11:28-30). Along the way, He also counseled against seeking revenge (Mt. 5:38-48) and encouraged extending forgiveness (Mt. 18:21ff)!
To the bully: Do not presume upon God, thinking you will get away with this action without consequences (Ps. 82:1-4; Isa. 26:9-13; Jer. 7:5-7). Justice will come (Ps. 37:1-2; Amos 4:1ff; 5:7-15; Rom. 12:17-21)! Don’t be tempted to join others in bullying (Prov. 1:10-19).
An important question for you: are you a bully because you are insecure, feeling alone, and/or unloved? Are you angry, fearful, or hurting? Do you put others down in order to build yourself up?
Here is good news: you don’t have to do that anymore. This powerful, personal, redeeming God offers you a brand-new start and a meaningful life (Rom. 6-8).