Proverbs 26:18-19 - Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
Do you believe that after someone makes a rude comment to you, and says they were only joking or kidding, that it’s only a joke or do they mean it seriously?
Just like when someone criticizes you, there is at least a piece of truth in it; I believe it is the same as joking or kidding.
There are people who think they can say anything and get away with it. They tease and joke and make fun of others in an attempt to lower the other person and puff up their own ego.
I realize that there are people who tell jokes just for fun, but their jokes are not launched to hurt others but to make them laugh. That’s not what I’m talking about.
The person launching those rude jokes doesn’t realize just how much damage can be done to a sensitive person’s heart by their comments. That’s probably why the rude person picks on a sensitive person, because they know they’ll get a rise out of them.
Telling rude jokes is a form of adult bullying, and it especially affects relationships in the workplace.
So what can we do about bullying? Find some tips from wikihow.com in their article, “How to Respond to an Adult Bully,” such as choosing not to allow yourself to become isolated by a bully.
Above all of the above tips, remember to be safe. If you don’t feel safe, call 911 for help.
Though a bully may have caught you in his net through deceit and pretends that he’s only joking like the Bible verse above says, God sees everything. In the end, the bully will get what’s due them. Whether it be losing their job or finding themselves being bullied, they won’t escape forever.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.