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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Harper


Sarcasm: the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

Today so any people not only take great pride and joy in sarcasm, but they also seek to outdo each other in their use of sarcasm. Many Christians who would never think of cussing out anyone proudly cutting another to shreds to embarrass and hurt the other person. Then they say, “But I was only joking.” Sarcasm is no joke. It hurts and it demeans. Why do you want to hurt someone? Aside from the pain and humiliation (for the true purpose of sarcasm to humiliate), it violates God’s commands.

Romans 12:10 - Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 15:2 - Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

There is nothing praise-worthy in consciously setting out to hurt someone’s feelings. It isn’t kind. It isn’t Christ-like. Therefore, I have decided to follow Jesus by making a conscious effort to control my tongue and avoid hurting others with unkind words. I will follow Jesus by using my words to build up and edify instead of cutting down and ridiculing.


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