Galatians 5:14,15 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Bullying has become a serious problem in today’s society. Countless school children and college students have been scarred by verbal attacks launched at them from mean-spirited individuals who feed on controversy and strife. Paul informs us that bullying in the body of Christ is nothing new. Note that the opposite of walking in love towards one another is biting and devouring one another. Isn’t it ironic that Peter would say that our adversary the devil goes around, seeking whom he may devour. Thus, unbeknownst to themselves, Christian bullies are assisting the devil in devouring their brothers and sisters whenever they launch out with unkind or unloving words or actions.
Sadly, the vast majority of Christian bullying revolves around different views of the Word of God. I am not talking about absolute doctrines that are non-negotiable, but views regarding issues where Scripture tells us to be fully persuaded in our own minds. Christian bullies insist that their personal convictions or preference of worship styles become the 11th commandment for the rest of the body of Christ. Christian bullies are always looking for a good fight. They tend to be in your face and intimidating, all in the name of taking a stand for the truth of God. Jesus Christ was anything but a bully. He knew who were for Him and who were against Him. Do you?