DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S PAID TO BE A BULLY?

I recently had a conversation with a mid-level manager who said she was ‘chewed out’ by upper management to whom she reported.

It just so happens that someone who was lower in the hierarchy overheard the harsh rebuke and expressed that they felt it was totally disrespectful.

I don’t know when it became established in our work culture that harsh, disrespectful correction is ‘managing’.

Too many people allow their emotions to turn them into a compensated bully.


I’ve noticed that whether you agree or disagree with President Trump’s leadership style, many of the people who oppose him lead just like he does — as a bully.


The United States Declaration of Independence asserts that ‘All ‘men’ are created equal’ and endowed by our Creator to the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.

However, many people’s pursuit of happiness is daily undermined by the dread of going to work each day because of managers who are allowed to bully their subordinates. This takes place at every level in organizations from the ‘lowest to the highest’.

Here’s the truth, that no matter what your job title may be, we are all just people who are working to support ourselves or our families, period. We are all equal citizens, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, pursuing our happiness by working.

Every organization has a progression of consequences when expectations are not being met from verbal warnings to termination. These can be administered without emotional, degrading rebukes or public embarrassment. No one enjoys being disrespected or embarrassed. If you’re a manager and you consider yourself to be a disciple of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, this is where He reminds us to…

Luke 6:31 (NKJV)

31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

If you are a Christian and you have people who report to you (civilian or military), don’t let your emotions turn you into a compensated bully.

Managers…

Directors…

Principals…

Superintendents…

CEO’s…

Vice Presidents…

Presidents…

Foremen…

Mayors…

Governors…

Sargents…

Lieutenants…

Generals…

Doctors…

Nurses…

And, yes…Pastors.

A person’s level of respect should never be determined by their job title or job description.

Here is God’s expectation…

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Luke 3:14 (NKJV)

14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?”

So he said to them, “Do not [a]intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

HERE’S WHEN THE BIBLE DOES ALLOW SHARP, OPEN REBUKE…

Notice, that the word of God allows sharp rebuke when LEADERS ARE BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

1 Timothy 5:19-20 (NKJV)

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. 20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.

You don’t hear this preached much do you? The bible says that leaders, not followers should be rebuked openly.

However, when leaders administer discipline, it must be done within the context of “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

ARE YOU A SPIRITUAL BULLY?

WHY A BOSS SHOULD NEVER ‘CHEW OUT’ AN EMPLOYEE…

FOR THE NEXT TIME YOUR BOSS ‘CHEWS YOU OUT’…

FOR THOSE WHO ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED AT WORK…

WHEN DOES WORKPLACE DISCIPLINE BECOME DISRESPECT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE THEM FOR THE SAME THING OVER & OVER, BUT NOT BECAUSE THEY DID IT AGAIN…

Sometimes we have to forgive the same sin against us over and over not because they did it again…

But, because when we think about what they did we still feel angry over and over again.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. God made us and knows we are made of weak flesh…

Psalm 103:14 (ESV)

14 For he knows our frame;[a]
he (A)remembers that we are dust.

But, He still expects us to continue to forgive again when the thought of what they did feels our hearts with pain, anger, shame and a desire for revenge…

Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

It’s one thing to forgive someone ‘seven times seventy times’ when they do it again and again. But, it’s another to continue to forgive them in your heart when they have truly repented but the pain and anger comes and goes.

Don’t backslide in your forgiveness to them!

I know it’s hard, but you can do it.

1 John 4:4 (NKJV)

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than (A)he who is in the world.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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