I know what it’s like to be mobbed and bullied. What made it worse was that some of those who engaged in this activity against me were those I thought I could trust.
Gang bullying is a crime common to “the last days” (2 Timothy 3:1-5), and likely not the worst thing we all will face before and during the approaching great tribulation. (Matthew 24:21)
“…as the end of this system draws ever nearer, we need to draw closer to Jehovah and to one another, cultivating genuine friendships within the congregation.” (Watchtower 9/15/09)
We need to ally ourselves now with people we can trust.
We understand that some time after false religion has been destroyed, there will be an attack on Jehovah’s servants, who have been proclaiming his judgment messages. (Ezekiel 38:14-16) – (Watchtower 3/15/2009)
This is important because if certain ones are easily led against you now when its relatively calm, how will you be able to trust them during the storm of the great tribulation? (Luke 6:48-49)
I found that when I became victimized by bullies, the people around me could be grouped into four different categories.
“How can we show that we keep the real enemy in mind when a tragedy befalls a fellow believer? Instead of distancing ourselves from the affected brother, we act like Elihu of old, who spoke to Job as a true friend. We join our brother in the struggle against our common enemy, Satan. (Prov. 3:27; 1 Thess. 5:25) Our goal is to help our fellow servant to maintain his integrity, come what may, and thus make Jehovah’s heart rejoice.” (Watchtower 4/15/09)
There are those who do exactly as Jehovah stated above – who have stood with me in my fight to stand firm in the midst of these attacks against me. They are people who display a deep and abiding faith and trust in, as well as a healthy fear of Jehovah. They are spiritual people – trusted friends. They “walk the Christian talk.” Jehovah has blessed me with a couple of these wonderful allies.
“Then, also, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another.”(Matthew 24:10)
Another category joined Satan in the bullying campaign against me – people I never thought would betray me. Even when I had made known exactly what was behind this bullying campaign, they jumped right in. Some of them actually seemed to enjoy it!
“But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be … slanderers, . . .”(2 Timothy 3:1-3)
Lies had also been spread about me to those who know me. We were warned this would happen in ‘the last days’. Some of those “untrustworthy” ones apparently believed those lies. If those individuals followed the scriptural counsel to treat others as they wish to be treated ((Matthew 7:12)), they would hear both sides of the matter as they would want should they find themselves in the same situation. ((Proverbs 18:13))
Jehovah is watching everything.
“Jehovah is in his holy temple. Jehovah-in the heavens is his throne. His own eyes behold, his own beaming eyes examine the sons of men.” (Psalm 11:4)
Note that Jehovah does more than look. He examines us. He knows our motives. We can fool man, but we cannot fool Jehovah. We will be held accountable for our actions.
“For it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God. Now if it starts first with us, what will the end be of those who are not obedient to the good news of God?”(1 Peter 4:17)
Some of these people even pretended to be trustworthy confidants.
“Those who are speaking peace with their companions but in whose hearts is what is bad.”(Psalms 28:3)
I let them pretend. However, they have taught me to not trust them. I would not confide in them, nor would I select valued friends from this group of people.
“Trembling at men is what lays a snare, but he that is trusting in Jehovah will be protected.”(Proverbs 29:25)
Fear of what happened to me caused some to avoid me.
“From the standpoint of all those showing hostility to me I have become a reproach, And to my neighbors very much so, And a dread to my acquaintances. When seeing me out of doors, they have fled from me. Like someone dead [and] not in the heart, I have been forgotten; I have become like a damaged vessel;” (Psalm 31:11-12)
Sadly out of fear, even a couple of my extended family members joined others in this category. I probably would have done the same at one time – being out in the world with no backup.
Fear will make you do things you become ashamed of as I most certainly would have been had I abandoned someone close to me to fend for him/herself; particularly if that one was innocent of doing anything to bring about criminal activity into his or her world.
We never know what we may face, but I am a lot stronger now than I was when I became victimized a few years ago. With Jehovah’s help, I’d like to think that my faith and trust in Jehovah will carry me and help me to stand firm with those I love in their struggle against Satan. With Jehovah’s help.
Jehovah is my strength. “. . .I shall trust and be in no dread; . . .” (Isaiah 12:2)
Some forms of bullying today are sometimes so subtle, that when you try to explain to people what is going on in your life, they don’t believe you. Some thought I was crazy and/or paranoid when I tried to tell them. A well-meaning acquaintance even told me to see a psychiatrist – told me I probably needed some medication to “help me relax”.
“These bullies are so subtle and cunning it’s hard for school staff to know if what looks like bullying really is, and what to do about it. “Some of it is so under the radar that without training, you can’t see what’s in front of you,” says Marlene Snyder, a Clemson University expert on bullying.” - A ‘watershed’ case in school bullying’, USA Today
It’s as if they believe that Satan is not smart enough to organize something so insidious and evil as mobbing and gang bullying. To those I say wake up! Satan has had centuries to sharpen his cunning ways. This world is truly, truly wicked.
However, this category of people did not avoid me, did not join in the harassment, and even supported me in various ways – as long as I didn’t talk about being bullied.
Could this group be considered genuine allies? I would think a truly strong bond of friendship would be strengthened by a friend (or relative) standing with a friend (or relative) through adversity. Wouldn’t it?
Nevertheless, many acquaintances and relatives fell into this category – untested, yet sociable.
Jehovah has stated for us to cultivate genuine friendships in these last days. Pray for Jehovah’s help in connecting with faithful and trusted allies. I do. We need them now, and we will need them more than ever as this system draws to its end.
If you are loyal to Jehovah and serving him faithfully, He will answer your prayers. He does for me.
“Jehovah is far away from the wicked ones, but the prayer of the righteous ones he hears.” (Proverbs 15:29)
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