It came in the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit after reading this verse,
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Eph. 5:3-5)
I thought I was doing pretty well, when held up against the Christians in Ephesus. I'm vigilant in all these areas. In fact, I almost twisted my arm patting myself on the back.
Then God highlighted the part about course joking. Even then I questioned why I was being nudged. I don't make any coarse jokes, Lord. You know that.
But then a recent episode of The Office flashed in front of my mind. And then another show sidled up along side it. Oh ... right ... those shows did have coarse joking in them. And I did laugh at them.
And then this thought snuck in: Would Jesus laugh at that?
So today, my road just got narrower. Apparently there is more to give up if I want to be a woman whose beliefs and life run in parallel lines. I expect that a coarse joke is going to appear every once in awhile even with vigilance. But today I'm making a choice to give up something I know has this type of humor.
Yesterday I wrestled with these instructions. I whined a bit. But now I trust God to replace what I'm giving up with something even better.
In His Love,