I’m sure you’ve heard the statement “Bite your tongue”. Seems here lately I’ve heard that a lot! My joking often goes just a bit too far. The problem is that I don’t know when to stop. Well, it’s more that I don’t listen to that still, small voice telling me to be careful with my words.
Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, to encourage the believers there, to remind them God’s grace through Christ & to motivate them to live in the light of that knowledge. To live in unity.
What stands out to me regarding the topic of joking is:
• Ephesians 5:4 (ESV)
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Does this mean Jesus didn’t laugh? When he got together with his friends growing up, did he not do or say something stupid? I’m guessing that he probably did. He was fully human, a man none the less, before they knew him as fully God as well. I believe that God loves to laugh! After all he created laughter, right?
Paul is not condemning laughter. He is merely warning against crude joking, rude language & lewd behavior. These things gently said, are out of place. We should say words that are thankful of his grace & building up the spirits of those around us.
Maybe I should think “What would Jesus Do?” before I speak. Or just think of the cross at that time. My problem is that, unlike stomach trouble, I have NO warning when those jokes are coming up. Often times, they brew up so quick that the words have left my mouth before my brain is able to process the thought. (I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like to have been around Robin Williams)
• Proverbs 14:13 (ESV)
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
I believe God wants us to laugh, but he wants us to be careful with our words. We need to laugh. We HAVE TO make light of situations. If we only concentrate on pain, or what’s wrong with the world or our lives, we will never experience the freedom of Christ Jesus!
The Lord will lead my thoughts & he will give me the words to say. All I have to do is let him. He loves me. He is patient. I know this because I keep messing up & he’s still with me through all these things. He’s there with you too. He wants you to know it.