What's So Funny

I love to laugh. My favorite part about the time I live right now are the memes. Inside jokes, unexpected twists, and perfect word play are the bread and butter of my social media. I enjoy being inspired to laugh out loud, and I hope to do the same to others. Some days it is good to just have a nice long laugh.

The Bible tells us that a merry heart is good for us: 
Proverbs 15:15 "He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."
Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."


It is no surprise that the Bible is right in this. Various studies have been done that show that laughter and a “merry” heart engages your heart, improves your blood flow, and can even improve your immune system! Just reading I also find other interesting pieces of information about our humor. It could be genetic! So one day you’ll be telling those jokes your dad makes you groan with.

Here is what is important as a Christian in the area of laughter. Remember, that although it is good to laugh it is not always good to laugh. Here are some Bible principles for what God says we should decide are not funny to us:
1. Tricking someone or doing something bad. Proverbs 10:23 "It is as sport to a fool to
do mischief."
2. Lying or deceiving someone. Proverbs 26:19 "So is the man that deceiveth his
neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?"
3. Laughing at someone who has less than we do. Proverbs 17:5 "Whoso mocketh the
poor reporacheth his Maker."
4. Sin of any kind. Proverbs 14:9 "Fools make a mock at sin."


People take note of what makes us laugh and what kind of jokes we tell. In order to have a good testimony with God and with man, we should decide that if God says it is not funny it is not funny to us. Remember, we are in control of our thoughts and actions! 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. There are just certain thoughts I do not allow to linger in my mind. My pastor used to say, “You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from making a nest in your hair!” This is true about our thoughts as well. We cannot control when it comes our way, but we can stop it from taking up residence in our heart and mind.

Here is the secret to joy and happiness: your heart. Notice what the Bible above says doeth good? A merry heart. What is inside of you is what will control the outside of you. The secret to getting a merry heart starts with God. If you are not saved, be saved. The Bible says in Galatians that one of the fruits of the Spirit of God is JOY. The next step to a merry heart is allowing the right things to come into your heart. There are two entryways into your soul: your eyes and your ears.

Proverbs 12:25 "Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad."

The things that you see and hear will directly affect your heart. Do you remember that old phrase? Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me? Well that was a bunch of garbage! What we hear CAN hurt or heal us. Proverbs 12:18 the tongue of the wise is health. Also what you SAY or DO can hurt or heal someone else. Let us decide on the right kind of humor for ourselves, and let us decide to use our humor only to help and never to hurt.
Pastor Jesse McCammon
Calvary Baptist Church | Flora, IL
http://www.floracalvarybaptist.com
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