God uses hu­mor to lift our spir­its, make us bet­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - Dayna Spence Ask the Chap­lain is writ­ten by Rev. Dayna Spence, an or­dained min­is­ter, li­censed evan­ge­list, and chap­lain who’s served as a hos­pi­tal chap­lain and is cur­rently serv­ing as a hospice chap­lain Chester County area. Please email “Ask the Chap­lain”

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).

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