Was I Not Joking?

For those of us who, like me, get their kicks in life by making fun of others, we learn at a very young ages that simply saying, “But I was joking!” can get us out of the humbling consequences of our own sinful actions and words. So Proverbs 10:23 reads,

Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

I proved myself to be a fool in these past few days by “joking” with a brother when he was unprepared to be prodded in such a way. When he was hurt by it, it was painful not only to him and me but also to our entire family. Such are the results of my foolishness.

Alternately, wisdom is what pleases a man of understanding. And learning wisdom, in this case, means learning from my stupid mistakes that I should love others by thinking of what pleases them first. As Philippians 2:3 says, because of Christ’s sacrifice in for others in humility, we should:

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit [read: foolishness], but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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