Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.. ~Ephesians 5:4 ESV
All of my life, I’ve liked to joke around. I have told tons of jokes and my sense of humor is pretty dry. But, for some time now, I’ve been trying to catch myself with my “crude” joking. I don’t joke crudely on purpose. But, this particular scripture has been on my mind a lot because I believe the Holy Spirit is convicting me in this area. I need to remember that if I wouldn’t tell a joke or joke with my daughters with the joking I’m saying, I shouldn’t at all.
Crude joking can be hurtful to your friends, and others you may not even know (depending on where you are). Not only that, it can have a negative impact on your ministry. More than even that, you could be staining someone’s impression of who Christ is. As a believer, you’re representing HIS kingdom as an ambassador from there. Represent well.
Think About Your Words
When you’re with your friends and family, what type of voice do you use? Do you use words that are encouraging and uplifting or words that tear down and discourage? Does filthiness come from your mouth? Do you joke crudely?
What steps can you take to correct this? If you’re feeling the Holy Spirit convict you in this area, you should prayerfully consider asking Jesus to help you in this area of your walk with Him.
God bless you today!
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