Have you had your Joy Juice today? It’s a joyful thing to laugh WITH someone; but we must remember that it never feels good to be laughed AT!
Many people enjoy teasing their friends as a way of expressing fun and fondness. But we must be careful to know the difference between laughter that is good & healthy and the kind of laughter that is inappropriate. “Gentle chiding between friends is normal and acceptable. However crude jokes, offensive remarks, or a sarcastic jab doesn’t represent the gentleness, kindness, and goodness from the Holy Spirit. We must examine our hearts before we communicate words that could bring immediate laughter, but follow later with hurt feelings.”
Each of us can probably remember occasions of stinging words followed by laughter at our own expense. No one likes to be ridiculed, embarrassed or be the brunt of someone’s crude joke. Let’s make sure the words that pass through our lips are words of love, joy and edification….not the opposite.
As Ephesians 5:4 teaches us: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving”.
Let’s give thanksgiving for fun, friendship and healthy laughter which expresses joy in the Lord.