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Should Christians Be Jesting

"Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks." What is your take on this passage of Scripture from thEphesians 5:4?

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Let me say thankyou moderator(s) for post my prayers. Let God be praised!
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Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 9/17/13

Heavenly Father,I come humbly,not in error ,not to scorn nor hurt anyone,but to plead oh,Lord let us all on CNT be carefull how we speak to one grandmother taught me be kind.

I learn about Christianity, She made an impact on my life, Christ has made an impact on my life! Satans folly must stop! Plead the blood over CNT bloggs. Oh Jesus take CONTROL over all evil & foul words! not repeat this actions,Christ be lifted up! YOUR GLORY alone and not to the evil one.
Let us not forget love can conquer all
Let Jesus' love come through us NOT foul words that hurt as much as any weapon and destroy our witness Christ be up lifted!

Not the flesh, help us Lord NOT forget. All glory honor to you Jesus. Amen
---Lidia4796 on 9/17/13

No they should not be jesting, they are simply just telling a lie. some people might add the truth to it, but it still makes lie.I don't know why people is doing what GOD says not to do but they are. Why can't we talk on things that are lovely, kind, good and the truth, words of good report.People wake up, this is wrong we have got to be ready, Jesus will soon be coming after his church, Live Holy.
---Bennie on 4/10/13

It means speak no idle words, no gossip, no filthiness and no foolish talking. No coarse jesting. Speak of those things that are lovely, that are pure (the word), that are of good rapport. Too many Christians call me and give me a report of all that the devil is doing in their lives. That hurts my spirit and I can't bear to listen to that anylonger. Whatever happened to the Christians that lift up and Praise the name of Jesus?
---Donna9759 on 2/11/08

Many times in our lives there are humorous or funny things that happen to us and we tell these things to others, which I do not have a problem with.
The problem is in made up stories or jokes which are meaningless and do not edify the saints of God.
People, it's time to get real serious about the things of God. It's almost over. Only the things done for Christ will last.
---Chipper on 5/28/07

For every idle word men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Words we speak are to have a purpose--to bless, lift up, encourage others. God is simply saying that the fruit we bear reveals the condition of our hearts--giving us a measure so to speak, a test.
---Wayne87 on 10/27/06

1. The word "jesting" used in this translation is replaced by other words in different versions, but the only way to get at the true meaning is thru the Greek or Hebrew translations. The term in the context used seems to refer to gossip and dirty, ungodly behaviour, however I know God has a fabulous sense of humour, and He really gives me a laugh. My son asked God to wake him up for a quiet time, but wasn't specific about the time. He is not a morning person - God woke him at 5.00am.
---Sheila_2 on 10/25/06

2. As has been said laughing is good for us, and God wants all good things for us. Never at the expense of others tho. There is also Godly laughter, when the HS comes down and causes people to laugh. This has happened to me three times, and has been very healing. We read, in biographies of the out of the box things God asks his children to do- usually to test their obedience, even if doing so makes them look silly in the eyes of the world. Good clean Godly humour is good. Enjoy a good belly laugh.
---Sheila_2 on 10/25/06

I don't know what I'd do without a sense of humor. Along with Jesus and praying, my sense of humor has gotten me through some pretty tuff times. Of course humor is good, but NOT if it's hurting somebody.
---sue on 10/23/06

Laughing is good for you, it massages the liver and gets rid of toxins in our bodies!
As Christians we should never be crude or put another down to get a laugh. However I love a good laugh at a silly joke or funny action.

(This does not apply to Elder and me picking on each other on the 'humor' blog!)
---NV_Barbara on 10/22/06

We are to have nothing to do with corrupt words and corrupt jokes, which is the way of the unsaved. It is ok however to laugh.
---Helen_5378 on 10/20/06

NIV Proverbs 12:18 - Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Loads of proverbs talk about keeping control of the tongue.
---laure5759 on 10/20/06

Modern translations render "not convenient" as "unfitting" or "improper."

Keep in mind that there were NO punctuation marks in the inspired text (or breaks between words, for that matter), so "which are not convient/fitting/proper" could well be a RESTRICTIVE clause modifying only "jesting."
---Jack on 10/19/06

JESTING mean joking. Jokes may be meant to hurt others or they may just lighten the conversation.."a merry heart doeth good like a medicine" scripture says. I think "convenient" (as KJV puts it) depends on the motives involved and the spirit with which joking is received. IMO Christians tend to be a rather serious (maybe overserious) group.
---Donna2277 on 10/19/06

Jesus was not above a joke or two himself. A couple He made are in John 1.
---Jack on 10/19/06

We should be sober as a courtroom judge when it comes to talking about the things of God. But we can enjoy one another's company, laugh, smile, and be good-natured towards one another. God has a sense of humor. He also uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
---Raine on 10/19/06

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Read Matthew 12:36. Jesting is the words that come out of our mouth, we shouldn't talk bad about someone we should just pray for them.
---Rebecca_D on 10/19/06

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