Have you ever been told that you're not good enough, or that you don't look right or you're not clever enough? Maybe you have been physically pushed around. It hurts us and can really affect our confidence when we get treated this way. It makes us dread going to places where we know we will experience it. Sometimes the words people speak to us can be even more damaging and last with us longer than any physical abuse.
No one deserves to be bullied
If you have ever experienced bullying or are currently experiencing it, we suggest that you speak to somebody you trust, like a parent, teacher or youth leader who can help you. The Psalms in the Bible describe the feeling of despair that comes from constant attack by enemies and might be helpful to read, particularly Psalm 13.
Maybe you are the one who has treated another person unkindly. The way we treat people is so important. The Bible has very practical tips on how we can encourage and build each other up, so that nobody has to feel bullied or belittled. It also has prayers and advice for those who are facing difficulties.
Key Bible Verses
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.