Bullying is a topic that has plagued our society for years. How does one face their bullies?
Bullying can be viewed as an on-going and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.
Of course, as human beings, our new norm is to research it on Google. "Hey Google, how do we deal with bullies?"
The usual answers range from being confident, staying in groups, avoiding the bully, telling an adult or person with authority, standing up for yourself and ignoring the bully, amongst other strategies and techniques. While I mostly agree on these tactics, the best one, to me, is prayer.
A canyon is a deep, narrow passage cut through the surface of the Earth with steep cliffs on both sides(“Canyon”).The Grand Canyon in Arizona is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 6,093 feet deep! (Wikipedia contributors)😮🤯
Falling from a cliff in a place with such depth is essentially a death sentence! However, before wonders of the Earth such as the Grand Canyon were discovered, a GREAT fall ocurred. The greatest and most detrimental fall, to me, would have to be Satan´s fall from heaven. Once called Lucifer meaning ¨star of the morning¨, he was the guardian cherub...beautiful...wise and well...Perfect! (just as ALL of God´s creation at that time). However, his sin led to his great fall noo his CRASH LANDING from heaven to Earth.
What is Pride?
Well, pride can be defined in two ways dending on the context...
1.Pride can involve being satisfied with something you have done or something that you own or something that you may deserve credit for; essentially self respect. I see this as positive pride, its important to be able to appreciate the fruit of your labour and see value in youself and your accomplishments.
2. Pride can also mean that you have an exaggerated opinion of your importance, merit or superiority to others; you radiate arrogance. People who have negative pride might not respect or find value in other people and what they do but rather only appreciate their own efforts. One may put oneself above those who are not as ¨great¨ which is basically everyone.
(Wikipedia contributors, https://www.dictionary.com/browse/pride)
Have you ever had a friend that think they´re the greatest thing since sliced bread? Someone who thinks they are absolutely amazing and is never afraid to remind you EVERY.SECOND. OF.THE.DAY.? Someone who constantly questions the intelligence and worth of those around/him or her and thinks they are too good or important to be caught in ¨peasant activities¨? Well, your friend may be suffering from the disease of PRIDE and, on the other hand, if any of these scenarios ring a bell when it comes to your character....sorry to break it to ya but you might be infected too😬.
In this THREE part series we will be focusing on NEGATIVE pride AKA the pride disease as well as the types of pride(yeah, I didnt know that existed either), its effects and how to cure the disease.
Click here for information on the types of pride from BibleSumo.com
Keep on reading to learn more to help you be more like a jewel on God´s crown
¨ The LORD their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.¨ Zechariah 9:16 NIV
My name is Serena Richards and I, along with other helpful contributors, and of course the inspiration of God have written these posts as a source of help FOR YOU <3