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Word "Bullying" And Answer Is Found In Unlikely Spot
FOUND this which is the essence to decent society: NOTE THAT WORD mentioned EVEN 2000 years ago!
-- Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, 6 Do not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 willingly serving the Lord and not human beings, 8 knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. 9 MASTERS, act in the same way toward them, and STOP BULLYING, knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven and that with him there is no partiality.
SO YES…first what this passage says to we who are called 'workers' (not owners and not masters over others…i.e. business owners; is that we need to remember FOR WHOM we work. And I point out; to 'work for the Lord' means that we cause no disgrace in actions. We are GRACE FILLED or GRACIOUS to everyone. Pleasant, Cordial, Smile with others; laugh even with them and AT OURSELVES. Do the job hired for and while in the past; taking initiative to do more might have been praised…DON'T DO IT.
Just do as hired and obey MASTER (management) If they yell, rant, rave, finger wag; don't flinch and inch. Take it 'as penance' or rather 'medication' from God…when we are ill; medication is given to boost our weakness. So…God (Spirit) who knows where we lack…(patience, human understanding, self thinking perhaps…God allows just the 'right' thing to MAKE US GROW stronger; not weaker…what good does it do to have everything nice and orderly and planned out and pleasant? When it's not we have to (hopefully) lean on that authentic spirit always with us…and this will mature us…make us leave our own thoughts…in love of this KNOW NOT. Hard as it is; 'take it with a smile' … til the opportunity (grace) comes as to 'the next step' he whispers (go back to school, apply to, take a part time job anywhere, then leave this place) THIS is to work 'for the Lord and His glory' over 'ba-aaad' (never coming down to their level)
In the ideal situation…we do as we ought and MASTER also is led by same spirit and there is MUTUALITY of SPIRITS working in harmony. (each doing as assigned and not fearing the other) Needing one another. That's when authority is good; rather than authoritarian.
But as you see in this biblical passage: BULLIES have been around a long time.
DO NOT come down to the level of 'the world' in your thinking. Think of what is above NOT below.
And yes; being strictly flesh 'WORDS' do hurt. And UNJUST words at that. Why can't they see 'our good?' Silly … because they don't know GO(O)D except as it pertains to themselves. Some bully in context to being 'funny' (and gathering a crowd) Some are in need of attention…and to be seen powerful to 'right people' at work. Some are deliberately NASTY …but most are just IGNORANT of what GRACED GOODNESS is.
Bullies are NOT the devil…but the devil does have a hand in their way of life.
The antidote for them 'not getting to us' is GOD. PRAY FOR STRENGTH and think of them as just a temporary 'blip' on A LIFE OF ETERNAL GOODNESS and LIGHT someday; and 'be grateful for them' (in a way) …they are making us STRONGER. While they go from bad to worse.