He is for YOU {Don’t Be a Bully} {Day 16 of 31}

I substitute teach often, and I recently watched a bullying video with a group of 6th graders.  We talked about how they’d been bullied and how much it hurt and why people bully.  And, I am more convinced than ever that this concept of bullies and groups and cliques applies to all of us – not just 6th graders.

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We still leave people out – often on purpose. We see people hurting or failing and revel in their failure because we are tired of watching them succeed.  We aren’t happy with who we are, so we make others feel less than.  Or, we simply give them the cold shoulder for being who they are.  We hold grudges and compete for friends.  We try to “position” ourselves in churches and organizations by having the right friends or saying the right things.

All of this…I have either witnessed or done.   What a waste.  A sinful waste.

More than ever I desire to know that He is for me and for you to know that He is for you  – so we won’t allow “bullying” to affect our hearts or walks with Him and so we always extend grace to others, truly desiring them to feel loved and cherished by their Creator and others.

He is for you.  I are for you.  Do not grow faint or weary, for He is your strength.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:28-31

The gospel is the good news that God is the all-satisfying end of all our longings.  John Piper

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