Bible Ballistics: BBs #90 Are You A Bully??????
I am sometimes a bit annoyed by all the “bully” emphases that we see and hear. Not because I think bullying is ok, but because I think we may often have an idyllic perspective. Do I manipulate, intimidate or use my position or power to force others to comply with my will? While we all have the right and privilege to hold opinions, and we should feel free to share them at appropriate opportunities, we don’t have the right to violently impose our will on others (I’m not referring to orderly, authoritative, instructional imposition of will for the good of the recipient, or corporal punishment for wrongs committed). Each person is created in the image of God and can choose what they believe and what they do (understanding that for every choice there is a consequence).
Now that doesn’t make wrong right or vice versa, but let’s share some food for thought. While we as Christians, believers in Jesus Christ, want to share our faith (in fact we are commanded to share the gospel of Jesus), we must understand and know that not all want to hear and we must be prepared for rejection and suffering from the world, for the message we share. People can be mean!
Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Proverbs 20:11, “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”
The heart of man without God is deceitful—young and old. Our confidence must be in God not the ‘goodness’ of man. Bullies have always been, are now and always will be. Until Jesus comes to establish HIS kingdom on this earth and brings this ‘age’ and world to judgment, there will be no ‘bully’less world. But it shouldn’t be true of me/us!!
2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
There is a price for following Jesus.
Are you willing to pay it?
By living godly—‘in Christ Jesus’?
It’s what we believers are called to do!
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Do right not wrong. But don’t be surprised by the evil that comes against YOU when you are following Jesus and living a godly life. There will always be bullies but we shouldn’t be one, but rather stand up for the bullied in righteousness!!
1 Thessalonians 5:15, “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”
1 Peter 3:8-10, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:”
Think on these things. Free from evil words, lies and actions!! Living “godly in Christ Jesus”!!!