Words Matter- Jesus vs Bullying

SCRIPTURE

2 Kings 2:23-24

Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. “Go away, Baldy!” They chanted. “Go away, Baldy”

24 Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came our of the woods and mauled 42 of them. 

TEACHING OUTLINE

Whether you’re on the receiving end or the giving end. Words matter.

Bullying constitutes as intentional tormenting, upsetting, in the verbal or  physical ways.

SO why do words matter so much? (example of tube of toothpaste in a bottle. Squeeze it out and attempt to try to put the toothpaste back in the bottle.)

Once something is spoken, it cannot be taken back. 

The most painful aspects of bullying is when it’s relentless and persistent. 

Most people can handle one or two episodes of teasing, but when it continues on end, it puts the person being bullied in a constant state of fear.

When you put someone in a state of fear because of what you said or did, you are manipulating their emotions and feelings into what you want them to be. 

You are now controlling them and telling them who they are based on your standards.

Two reasons people are bullied:

  1. physical appearance

  2. Social status

Like Elisha he was bullied for both. 

  1. the more obvious one was his looks

  2. That he didn’t belong in the city he was at

What can we learn from Elisha?

He was the one being bullied, and how he handled it was how God wants us to handle when we might be bullied.

1) Ignore and walk away

Bullies thrive on the response and reaction they get out of you.

2) Hold your anger!

  • Just because anger is a normal emotion it doesn’t give you a right to be mean.

3) Dont get physical.

  • Revenge is not the only way to handle the problem.

4) Be Kind(er)

  • Kill them with kindness

What the bullies didn’t realize when they chose to bully Elisha was that He literally just lost his best friend. His confidant, his mentor, his ride or die buddy. 

He made a choice in that moment to let God handle it how he saw fit. 

What I am saying is to react how Jesus would.

Walk away- hold you anger- don't get physical- and Be kind to them. 

This may seem hard but the more you know who you are in Christ, the better chance you have of reacting out of love rather than hurt. 

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