God uses humor to lift our spirits, make us better
DEAR CHAPLAIN>> Do you believe God has a sense of humor? Signed, Love to Laugh
DEAR LOVE TO LAUGH>>
Since we have a sense of humor, and we are made in God’s image and likeness and possess his characteristics; I have to say I also believe that God has a “sense” of humor. Sarah of the Old Testament credits God’s humor for making others laugh with her, after she gives birth to a child in her old age. And in the Book of Psalms we see that a merry heart is like good medicine. However, we are also warned in scripture against excessive or hurtful humor, which the Bible calls foolish talking and coarse joking. I believe God uses humor to lift our spirits and to make us better; never to tear us down.
DEAR CHAPLAIN>> Why would Jesus tell people to turn the other cheek? And does he really expect us to do that in this day and time? Signed, Not a Doormat
DEAR NOT A DOORMAT>> Turning the other cheek does not make one a doormat. It takes more inner strength to exercise restraint than it does retaliation. The biblical principals in turning the other cheek are to promote peace and to maintain selfcontrol when faced with aggressive, non-life threatening, situations. Pursuing peace with all men and self-control are still the expectation of Christians today. Keep in mind, however; the aggressor doesn’t get away with anything when we turn the other cheek, because the Lord promises to right every wrong on our behalf when we give him the space and time to do so. It may seem impossible to do in our own strength, but with the Lord’s help it is possible. And Jesus, who is our ultimate example of righteous living, never asked us to do anything that he himself was not willing to do. Not only did he turn the other cheek, but he was nailed to a tree, pierced in his side, and died on Calvary for you and me, and he never said a mumbling word (Mark 15:3-5).