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                                                        JOKING AND JESTING

                           IS IT NECESSARY? IS IT SIN?


Revised 09-05-12

Revised 09-10-2005 for rewording and added text.

Posted 07-29-2005

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                    Joking and Jesting - Best to End it!

Jan.10.1997

Joking, Jesting, Swearing, Common Language, Idle Chit Chat

The following information is not ruling out Good Honest Humor, for "a Merry Heart doeth Good like a medicine", Proverbs 17:22. But, rather it is referring to the "humor" which is inappropriate, that which is based upon an untruth, that which belittles our fellow men, in any way, and debases and puts down mankind, in general, and anything of THE LORD'S CREATION, in any way!

When you really think about it, Joking and Jesting Is Not Appropriate for a Christian. It is almost always based upon an untruth to some degree! Besides that, it is often done at the expense and putdown or ridicule of someone else. Joking and Jesting Really comes down to Lying, but it is done in the name of “humor”! Therefore, it is considered sociably alright, whether it is done, intentionally, or unintentionally. And, when you think about it some more, it is really an attention getting device. Therefore, it is the breaking of THE 9TH COMMANDMENT OF THE TEN. See Exodus 20:16, or Deuteronomy 5: 20.

Exodus 20.16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Deuteronomy 5.20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Look at THE FOLLOWING HOLY SCRIPTURES AND SEE HOW THEY ARE often Dishonored and Broken by our careless, indifferent and disrespectful Joking and Jesting in its many manifestations.

Leviticus 19.11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

Leviticus 19.12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19.13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

Leviticus 19.14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19.15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

Leviticus 19.16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19.17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

Leviticus 19.18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Swearing, or giving accentuation to a statement by using inappropriate or unnecessary words:

Matthew 5.34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

Matthew 5.35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Matthew 5.36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Matthew 5.37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Ja.5:12 But above all things,---- my brethren,---- swear not,---- neither by heaven,---- neither by the earth,---- neither by any other oath:---- but let your yea be yea;---- and your nay, nay;---- lest ye fall---- into condemnation.----Ja.5:12 Ja.5:12.

"MAN" "Man, that was a really good dinner!" That is swearing, using the name of man.

Matt.16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

"LAND O GOSHEN" This is an old expression, again, using BIBLICAL Names in vain.

Ge.45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy childrens children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

MICHMASH (MISH-MASH). "This recipe is a real mish-mash of ingredients."

Ne.11:31 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-el, and in their villages.

"MY WORD" Using this expression, which is quite common, is the same as using THE LORD’S HOLY NAME, in vain.

John 1:1 In the beginning was THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD.

JESUS CHRIST As spoken in swearing

Matt.1:21 And she shall bring forth a SON and thou shalt call HIS NAME JESUS: FOR HE shall save HIS people from their sins.

Mt.16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

"GOD" Often used as a word of exclamation which is using THE LORD’S HOLY NAME in vain! Eg. “Oh My God”!

1Tim. 6:16 WHO ONLY HATH IMMORTALITY, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

GEN. 1:1 In the beginning, GOD created the heaven and the earth.

"THIS BOOK ON MAKING MONEY IS MY BIBLE."

2Tim. 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE is given by INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Tim. 3:17 That the man of GOD may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES DEAL WITH our personal deportment and manners, especially, as it pertains to Speaking!

Ephesians 4.29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Ephesians 4.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4.31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Ephesians 4.32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 5.1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5.2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5.3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Ephesians 5.4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Ephesians 5.5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5.6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Ephesians 5.8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Ephesians 4.25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

2nd Thessalonians 2.8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2nd Thessalonians 2.9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2nd Thessalonians 2.10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2nd Thessalonians2.11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2nd Thessalonians2.12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

James 1.19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James 1.20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

James 1.21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

James 1.22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

James 1.24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

James 1.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Psalms 22.7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psalms 22.8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

Proverbs 29.9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Luke 6.25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Proverbs 14.13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Ecclesiastes 2.1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2.2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Ecclesiastes 7.3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Ecclesiastes 7.4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Ecclesiastes 7.5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7.6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

James 4.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4.8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

James 4.9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

James 4.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4.11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

James 3.5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

James 3.6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

James 3.7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

James 3.8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

James 3.10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

James 3.11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

James 3.12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

James 3.13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

AND FINALLY:

Ecclesiastes 12.13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12.14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

SHALOM IN HIS MIGHTY NAME

Brother Randahl

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                                              THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY REGARDING

                                              Joking and Jesting and Idle, Trifling Chit Chat


Avoid Jesting and Joking.--This spirit of jesting and joking, of lightness and trifling, is a stumbling block to sinners and a worse stumbling block to those who give way to the inclination of the unsanctified heart. The fact that some have allowed this trait to develop and strengthen until jesting is as natural as their breath, does not lessen its evil effects. When anyone can point to one trifling word spoken by our Lord, or to any lightness seen in His character, he may feel that lightness and jesting are excusable in himself. This spirit is unchristian; for to be a Christian is to be Christlike. Jesus is a perfect pattern, and we must imitate His example. A Christian is the highest type of man, a representative of Christ. {Ev 641.2}

Some who are given to jesting, and to light and trifling remarks, may appear in the sacred desk with

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becoming dignity. They may be able to pass at once to the contemplation of serious subjects, and present to their hearers the most important, testing truths ever committed to mortals; but perhaps their fellow laborers, whom they have influenced, and who have joined with them in the careless jest, cannot change the current of their thoughts so readily. They feel condemned, their minds are confused; and they are unfitted to enter upon the contemplation of heavenly themes, and preach Christ and Him crucified. {Ev 641.3}

The disposition to say witty things that will create a laugh, when the wants of the cause are under consideration, whether in a committee meeting, a board meeting, or any other meeting for business, is not of Christ. This untimely mirth has a demoralizing tendency. God is not honored when we turn everything to ridicule one day, and the next day are discouraged and almost hopeless, having no light from Christ, and ready to find fault and murmur. He is pleased when His people manifest solidity, strength, and firmness of character, and when they have cheerful, happy, hopeful dispositions. . . . {Ev 642.1}

If the mind is centered upon heavenly things, the conversation will run in the same channel. The heart will overflow at the contemplation of the Christian's hope, the exceeding great and precious promises left on record for our encouragement; and our rejoicing in view of the mercy and goodness of God need not be repressed; it is a joy that no man can take from us.--Review and Herald, June 10, 1884. {Ev 642.2}

[SEE ALSO PAGES 206-211, "STORIES, ANECDOTES, JESTING, AND JOKING."]

Jolly Ministers.--There is one man in your conference (I know not his name) who should not be connected with the conference as a minister, for his influence on the minds of those seeking the truth is

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unfavorable. He was pointed out to me, and these words were spoken: "The cause of God is in no need of unconverted, jolly ministers. This man's spirit is not at all in harmony with the solemn work in which we are engaged." The truth we profess to believe needs no trifling men to present it. One man with a light and jovial disposition will do more in leavening the churches with the same spirit than ten good men can do to remove the impression. . . . {Ev 642.3}

The converting power of God must come upon the hearts of the ministers, or they should seek some other calling. If Christ's ambassadors realize the solemnity of presenting the truth to the people, they will be sober, thoughtful men, workers together with God. If they have a true sense of the commission which Christ gave to His disciples, they will with reverence open the Word of God and listen for instruction from the Lord, asking for wisdom from Heaven, that as they stand between the living and the dead, they may realize that they must render an account to God for the work coming forth from their hands. {Ev 643.1}

What can the minister do without Jesus? Verily, nothing. Then if he is a frivolous, joking man, he is not prepared to perform the duty laid upon him by the Lord. "Without Me," says Christ, "ye can do nothing." The flippant words that fall from his lips, the trifling anecdotes, the words spoken to create a laugh, are all condemned by the Word of God and are entirely out of place in the sacred desk. . . . {Ev 643.2}

Unless the ministers are converted men, the churches will be sickly and ready to die. God's power alone can change the human heart and imbue it with the love of Christ. God's power alone can correct and subdue the passions and sanctify the affections. All who minister must humble their proud hearts, submit

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their will to the will of God, and hide their life with Christ in God.

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What is the object of the ministry? Is it to mix the comical with the religious? The theater is the place for such exhibitions. If Christ is formed within, if the truth with its sanctifying power is brought into the inner sanctuary of the soul, you will not have jolly men, neither will you have sour, cross, crabbed men to teach the precious lessons of Christ to perishing souls.--Letter 15, 1890. {Ev 644.1}

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Christian Deportment and Influence.

There is a great and solemn work devolving upon ministers; but many have not felt its weight sufficiently to balance them, and lead them to walk circumspectly. Out of the desk, their ministerial labors cease almost entirely, and their example is not worthy of imitation. Their light, jesting conversation may entertain and provoke mirth; but both believers and unbelievers lose confidence in them as Christ's ambassadors. Such ministers may present a theory of truth to the people; but they

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have not felt its sanctifying power on their own souls, and the word spoken has but little effect. {GW92 415.2}

Having laid off the armor of righteousness, they are exposed to the darts of Satan, and often fall under the power of his temptations. They do not remember that a single thoughtless act, a light and trifling word, may balance a soul in the wrong direction, and effect decisions that are made for eternity. {GW92 416.1}

A spirit of jesting and joking, of lightness and trifling, is not only a stumbling-block to sinners, but a worse stumbling-block to those who thus give way to the inclination of an unsanctified heart. The fact that some have allowed this trait to develop and strengthen until jesting is as natural as their breath, does not lessen its evil effects. When any one can point to one trifling word spoken by our Lord, or to any lightness seen in his character, he may feel that lightness and jesting are excusable in himself. This spirit is unchristian; for to be a Christian is to be Christ-like. Jesus is a perfect pattern, and we must imitate his example. A Christian is the highest type of man, a representative of Christ. {GW92 416.2}

Some who are given to jesting and to light and trifling remarks, may appear in the sacred desk with becoming dignity. They may be able to pass at once to the contemplation of serious subjects, and present to their hearers the most important, testing truths ever committed to mortals; but perhaps their fellow-laborers, whom they have influenced, and who have joined with them in the careless jest, cannot change the current of their thoughts so readily. They feel condemned, their minds are confused; and they are unfitted to enter upon the contemplation of heavenly themes, and preach Christ and him crucified. {GW92 416.3}

The disposition to say witty things that will create a laugh, when the wants of the cause are under consideration, whether in a committee meeting, a board meeting, or any other meeting for business, is not of

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Christ. This untimely mirth has a demoralizing tendency. God is not honored when we turn everything to ridicule one day, and the next day are discouraged and almost hopeless, having no light from Christ, and ready to find fault and murmur. He is pleased when his people manifest strength and firmness of character, and when they have happy, hopeful dispositions. {GW92 416.4}

We should be cheerful; for there is nothing gloomy in the religion of Jesus. While all lightness, trifling, and jesting, which the apostle says are not convenient, are to be studiously avoided, there is sweet rest and peace in Jesus, that will be expressed in the countenance. Christians will not be mournful, depressed, despairing. They will be sober-minded; yet they will show to the world a cheerfulness which only grace can impart. {GW92 417.1}

Peter says, "Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." [1 PETER 1:13.] Here is a lesson for us to learn; here is a work for us to do to control the mind, not letting it drift on forbidden themes, or spend its energies on trifling subjects. {GW92 417.2}

There are many who are really troubled because low, debasing thoughts come into the mind, and are not easily banished. Satan has his evil angels around us; and though they cannot read men's thoughts, they closely watch their words and actions. Satan takes advantage of the weakness and defects of character that are thus revealed, and presses his temptations where there is least power of resistance. He makes evil suggestions, and inspires worldly thoughts, knowing that he can thus bring the soul into condemnation and bondage. To those who are selfish, worldly, avaricious, proud, fault-finding, or given to detraction,--to all who are cherishing errors and defects of character,--Satan presents the indulgence

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of self, and leads the soul off upon a track that the Bible condemns, but which he makes appear attractive. {GW92 417.3}

For every class of temptations there is a remedy. We are not left to ourselves to fight the battle against self and our sinful natures in our own finite strength. Jesus is a mighty helper, a never-failing support. His followers should develop symmetrical characters by strengthening weak traits. They must become Christ-like in disposition and pure and holy in life. None can do this in their own strength, but Jesus can give the daily grace needed to do this work. None need fail or become discouraged, when such ample provision has been made for us. {GW92 418.1}

The mind must be restrained, and not allowed to wander. It should be trained to dwell upon the Scriptures; even whole chapters may be committed to memory, to be repeated when Satan comes in with his temptations. The fifty-eighth of Isaiah is a profitable chapter for this purpose. Wall the soul in with the restrictions and instructions given by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. When Satan would lead the mind to dwell upon earthly and sensual things, he is most effectually resisted with "It is written." When he suggests doubts as to whether we are really the people whom God is leading, whom by tests and provings he is preparing to stand in the great day, be ready to meet his insinuations by presenting the clear evidence from the word of God that we are keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. {GW92 418.2}

It is natural for us to have much self-confidence and to follow our own ideas, and in so doing we separate from God; and we do not realize how far we are from him until the sense of self-security is so firmly established that we are not afraid of failure. We should be much in prayer. We need Jesus as our counselor; at every step we need him as our guide and protector. If there was more praying,

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more pleading with God to work for us, there would be greater dependence upon him, and faith would be strengthened to take him at his word. This faith would honor our Redeemer. It would be easier to believe that if we ask for grace or wisdom, we shall receive it, because his word says, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." [MATT. 7:7; JAMES 1:5.] {GW92 418.3}

"The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." [1 PETER 4:7.] We are not only required to pray, but to guard the words and actions, and even the thoughts,--to "watch unto prayer." If the mind is centered upon heavenly things, the conversation will run in the same channel. The heart will overflow at the contemplation of the Christian's hope, the exceeding great and precious promises left on record for our encouragement; and our rejoicing in view of the mercy and goodness of God need not be repressed; it is a joy that no man can take from us. During the waking hours, the mind will be constantly employed. If it dwells upon unimportant matters, the intellect is dwarfed and weakened. There may be some spasmodic flashes of thought, but the mind is not disciplined to steady, sober reflection. There are themes that demand serious consideration. They are those of the great plan of redemption, which is soon to be finished. Jesus is about to be revealed in the clouds of heaven, and what manner of characters must we have, to enable us to stand in that day? {GW92 419.1}

Well would it be for us if we could always remember Calvary, where Jesus bore the terrible burden of the sins of the world. In his expiring agony hear him exclaim, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!" [MATT. 27:46.] and remember that he endured the hiding of his

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Father's face, that it might not be forever hidden from fallen man. He endured shame, cruel scourging, insult, and mockery, that we might be reconciled to God and rescued from endless death. If our minds dwell upon these themes, our conversation will be in heaven, from whence we look for the Saviour, and even vain thoughts will seem out of place. {GW92 419.2}

He who died for us loves us with a love that is infinite. He wants us to be happy; but he would not have us find our happiness in foolish jesting and joking, which disgrace the holy cause we profess to love. {GW92 420.1}

By dwelling upon the themes of eternal interest, the mind is strengthened, and the character developed. Here is the foundation of that firm, unswerving principle which Joseph possessed. Here is the secret of growth in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. {GW92 420.2}

The religion of Christ is not what many think it is, nor what their lives represent it to be. The love of God in the soul will have a direct influence upon the life, and will call the intellect and the affections into active, healthful exercise. The child of God will not rest satisfied until he is clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and sustained by his life-giving power. When he sees a weakness in his character, it is not enough to confess it again and again; he must go to work with determination and energy to overcome his defects by building up opposite traits of character. He will not shun this work because it is difficult. Untiring energy is required of the Christian; but he is not obliged to work in his own strength; divine power awaits his demand. Every one who is sincerely striving for the victory over self, will appropriate the promise, "My grace is sufficient for thee." [2 COR. 12:9.] {GW92 420.3}

Through personal effort, joined with the prayer of faith, the soul is trained. Day by day the character grows into the likeness of Christ, and finally, instead

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of being the sport of circumstances, instead of indulging selfishness, and being carried away by light and trifling conversation, the man is master of his thoughts and words. It may cost a severe conflict to overcome habits which have been long indulged, but we may triumph through the grace of Christ. He invites us to learn of him. He would have us practice self-control, and be perfect in character, working that which is well-pleasing in his sight. "By their fruits ye shall know them," [MATT. 7:20.] is his own standard of judging character. {GW92 420.4}

If we are true to the promptings of the Spirit of God, we shall go from grace to grace, and from glory to glory, until we have received the finishing touch of immorality. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." [1 JOHN 3:2, 3.] Can any earthly promotion confer honor equal to this,--to be sons of God, children of the heavenly King, members of the royal family? Man may be ambitious of the honor that his finite fellow-man may bestow; but what will it avail? The nobility of earth are but men; they die, and return to dust; and there is no lasting satisfaction in their praise and honor. But the honor that comes from God is lasting. To be heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, is to be entitled to unsearchable riches,--treasures of such value that in comparison with them the gold and silver, the gems and precious stones of earth, sink into insignificance. Through Christ we are offered joy unspeakable, an eternal weight of glory. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit." [1 COR. 2:9, 10.]

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{GW92 421.1}

We are wanting in simple faith; we need to learn the art of trusting our very best Friend. Although we see him not, Jesus is watching over us with tender compassion; and he is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. No one in his great need ever looked to him in faith and was disappointed. Brethren, do not express doubt; do not let your lips utter one complaining, repining word. Begin now to fix your minds more firmly upon Jesus and heavenly things, remembering that by beholding we become changed into the same image.

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So, Brethren, Hopefully and Prayerfully, the above information from THE LORD, THROUGH HIS DIVINELY INSPIRED Messenger, Sister Ellen Gould White, will enable you to look at Joking and Jesting through THE LENS OF INSPIRATION and that you will strive, IN THE LORD, to perfect you speech and mannerisms in a way that will GIVE GLORY TO Our LORD AND SAVIOUR. I know that it took me some time to curb and cease to joke and jest and I still have to be careful that I do not slip. But, now, if I do do it, in a moment of weakness or inattention, I am quickly CONVICTED BY THE LORD, to refrain from it, and often I have to apologize or explain that I should have not engaged in that activity as I did.


PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS LOVE, HIS TRUTH, AND HIS LONG SUFFERING MERCY, AND PATIENCE WITH Us!!!


Brother Randahl 10-14-12

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