Silly Talk Meets Coarse Jesting
“…There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting...” Ephesians 5:4
Harold: “Hahahahaha… yeah he’s a mess.”
Cindy: “I wonder if he’s going to wear that obnoxious shirt again.”
Beth: “Oh man, I sure hope not. He looks like a piece of discarded fruit that melted into a bucket of 1960’s wallpaper when he puts that on!”
Jack: “Well he’s not gotten any thinner, poor guy …”
Cindy: “Yeah, if he keeps that up he’ll be looking more like a gay penguin in an artic parade!”
[More cackling ensues]
Jack: “No picking up soap at Bud’s house!”
Harold: “Oh boy, my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!”
Jack: “You sure?”
[Enter more laughing]
Paul wrote to the saints in Ephesus telling them to “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Eph. 4:29) The preceding imaginary snippet is unfortunately too close to what we hear in the church. Let us make a commitment to leap from our doctrine with a better tongue.
“…there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting…” Ephesians 5:4
How has your speech been this week?