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Christian Values of Compassion and Inclusion: Rejecting Bullying and Partiality

Christianity, as a faith founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ, emphasizes love, compassion, and inclusivity as core values. Let's explore the biblical and moral reasons why Christians should not engage in bullying or show partiality but instead befriend the lonely and downcast.

Rejecting Bullying

Bullying, in all its forms, goes against the fundamental teachings of Christianity. Jesus Christ's message of love and kindness serves as the foundation for Christian ethics. The Bible is replete with verses that encourage believers to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves. Matthew 7:12 (NIV) states, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." This "Golden Rule" is a clear directive against any form of mistreatment, including bullying.


Moreover, bullying contradicts the Christian principle of forgiveness. In Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV), Jesus says, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Christians are called to forgive and show grace, not to engage in harmful behavior towards others.

Avoiding Partiality

Partiality, or showing favoritism to certain individuals or groups based on personal bias or external factors, is also incompatible with Christian values. The Bible condemns partiality. James 2:1-4 (NIV) warns against favoring the wealthy over the poor saying, "My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism." Instead, Christians are called to treat all people with equality and fairness.


Jesus himself set an example by associating with the marginalized and rejected members of society. He dined with tax collectors, healed lepers, and befriended sinners. Christians are encouraged to follow His example by welcoming all individuals, regardless of their background, into their circles and hearts.


Befriending the Lonely and Downcast

In a world plagued by loneliness and despair, Christians are called to be beacons of hope and offer companionship. Proverbs 18:24 (NIV) states, "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." As followers of Christ, Christians are entrusted with the responsibility of being that steadfast friend to those who are lonely and downcast.


By applying these truths to your relationships, you will shine Jesus' light to those around you! What better honor than that?


~Mason Edmiston






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