Toxic jokes

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says: “I am only joking.”ย ๐Ÿ“– Proverbs 26:18-19 ๐Ÿ“–

About laughter a person can lie. Someone says: “It’s only a joke. Don’t take it seriously.
But that one is lying; it is serious, it hurts someone. People destroy each other with “jokes”. It can wound. Maybe you have experienced it yourself. You were laughed at but it was done so finely that you could not defend yourself. When you complain, you hear: “Can’t you take a joke?” Proverbs 26:18-19 has a serious warning about this. Jokes can be toxic-arrows. We know toxic-arrow jokes that scorns others: blonds, races, mother-in-laws or stupid bosses. We all must confess we tell jokes that hurts others or humiliate others.

Why not rather tell jokes where people can laugh together with love? We enjoy jokes ~ like the teasing between loved ones or banter between friends or teammates. The difference is the attitude: not to hurt, but to forge closer ties. Thus, come let us tell jokes with more love, let it give color to our being together.

In Acts 2:46-47 we read how the first congregation came together and ate together so enjoyably. They were a happy bunch and there being together were contagious: daily new people joined. Learn to be merry in love!

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Heavenly FATHER, it is sรณ important to treat others the same way I would want to be treated. Forgive me when I made jokes about someone, and in telling the joke, hurt them. Teach me to guard my words, to speak words of life and to build people up. Teach me to become more and more like JESUS, and less and less of myself please. Amen.

Henk Gous | source : Ousus

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