Monday, June 6, 2011

Joking at the Expense of Others


Good Morning Saints,
Recently, I overheard a person joking about the sensitivity of another employee. This really got me to thinking about our jokes and the words that come from our mouths. Now, jokes are okay, as long as they are not hurting someone, I guess. Jokes aren't my thing, as I feel we have plenty to cajole and laugh about when we take a good look at ourselves;-) 

If you have to apologize to someone after you tell a joke, you should probably take into account that your joke is really another way of being cruel--you know, funny cruel. Now, if you're walking in His Light and you're tirelessly trying to stay steeped in His Word, asking the Holy Spirit to discern your words, thoughts and deeds, you will begin to see the cruelty and hurt that inappropriate jokes can cause. Your blindness will become sighted. You will not want to hurt your fellow co-worker or neighbor.  In fact, you probably will not want to hurt your enemies, as well. You may think about giving a "little guff" back to offensive comments and behaviors, but when all is considered, with His love and compassion at the forefront of your mind, heart and soul, you will, more than likely, turn away and not participate. Your silence can be the most compelling lesson for those watching you. Silence speaks volumes.

So, saints, the next time someone is joking about another person, just walk away. You may soon become the butt of those jokes, but that's why you are here--why you were placed in that situation. I bet you will begin to see others walking away or finding someplace else to be when "the "jokester" takes center stage. Oh, and don't forget to pray for the jokester, as he or she may need attention for some reason we cannot understand. Be blessed!

Scripture for the Day
Romans 12:18-20 




If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”







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