Being The Target Of Bullying
Archery, is a “sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target.” If played correctly, archery can be a fun game. However, what happens when the intending target is you and you feel arrows flying towards you, targeting you, with the sole purpose of destroying you? This is what bullying looks like; a person on the other end of the arrow, focused on inflicting pain to another person without any regard for their actions.
Jesus knew well what it felt like to be bullied and we can see this in the word of God.
Luke 4: 1-13 (NIV)
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.
10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
In this passage of scripture, it is clear that Jesus was tested in the wilderness; and this did not happen once or twice. In the forty days that Jesus was in the wilderness the enemy kept coming back as a bully determined to beat Him any way he could. However, Jesus was not alone. With the help of His Heavenly Father, Jesus overcame the enemy and that is what we want to help others do here at Fountain of Life Church.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of bullying and needs help, we at Fountain of Life Church feel called to assist in any way possible. You don’t have to suffer alone.
Please reach out to us by contacting us using the phone number(s) available on this webpage or by visiting our Youth Service on Fridays between 7pm-9pm. We welcome any young person between the ages of 15-19.
For more information or if you have any questions,
Please contact the Youth Ministry Leader