“Social media makes you feel like you should look a certain way and girls are not happy with the comparisons so they hurt themselves”. “Self harm is so common in my friendship group. There are websites which tell you how to self harm like: The Top ten ways to self harm”.
Perhaps one of the most common forms of bullying is in faith communities themselves. Those deemed spiritual leaders can suggest various things from a place of ‘spiritual authority’ that really is a form of bullying. Most often, both sides believe they have God on their side and therefore the despicable behaviour and/or words are justified. Religious bullies often think themselves as ‘prophetic’, bearers of the truth, and apart from feeling persecuted, they are generally angry with this ‘wicked’ world.
I know from experience that God is able to turn desolation into strength. He can turn mourning into dancing, he makes beauty from broken things, he gives the oil of joy for mourning and he can bring comfort and refreshing in times of weeping. I know because I have experienced it. He doesn’t remove the trial but he transforms you through it. Lisa Hunt-Wotton