IS JOKING OR HUMOR SIN?

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones Proverbs 17:22

Leslie M. John

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22)

Bible does not say that joking or humor is sin, but it speaks to our hearts that joking/humor can turn out to be sin.

Some references from Bible admonish us not to cultivate the habit of joking/humor, especially excess of it. This does not preclude lively talk with one another and retaining good relations with light humor. In fact, if such humor, which if omitted in daily conversations, would produce negative effects.

One needs to be extremely cautious while joking/engaging in humorous talk to see that there would be no insults hurled at another person, and congregation, or a group indirectly or directly. Excess of joking or engaging in excess of humor, although it may appear funny, usually turns out to be hurting one’s feelings. In direct speeches or in the midst of group of people, one cannot appear funny unless one crushes the spirit and enthusiasm of others, of whom indirect reference is made.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21)
“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 4:29)”Let not then your good be evil spoken of” (Romans 14:16)