I’m Only Joking!

Sarcasm is a modern hobby.  It is, “Just the way I am.”

I have recently been using Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s devotional book He Restores My Soul.  I honestly was not expecting today’s chapter to discuss the potency of words.  I really didn’t want to discuss the potency of words.  Recently, I have been extremely aware of how my words can hurt my husband.

I really do try to guard my tongue.  I hate it that quite often my unsolicited, godly advice comes out as reasonable words couched in self-righteousness.  The worst part is that even when I am right, this tone negates anything valuable in my comment.  I see slivers of his soul come lose and I wonder if they can ever be retrieved.

Sarcasm has practically become an accent, a dialect, a recognizable, definable way of speaking.  The lie is that it’s OK.  Right?  It’s just the way I am!  I’m only kidding!


“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Prov. 12:18

“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Prov. 15:4

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Prov. 18: 21

“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death is the man who deceives his

neighbor and says, ‘I am only joking!'” Prov. 26:18-19

Has sarcasm or wit ever gotten you in trouble?  If you’re really honest, was there a legitimate sting in your remarks?

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