Have you ever said something in jesting and then later felt convicted that someone could have taken it differently?
That recently happened to me. People laughed at my words, but later I felt guilty that I shouldn’t have said the “funny” things. Honestly, over the past few days I’ve asked the Lord to forgive me multiple times and that I will never do that again. (You had to be there to understand the jesting.)
Today I was able to make it right with someone and I’m praising the Lord that I was able to say the right words. This particular woman was very gracious and hadn’t taken my jesting wrong. In fact, she put my mind at ease with kind words which brought tears to my eyes.
The Lord is so gracious and many, many times so are His people.
I’m sorry if this all seems vague, but I will close with the following verses:
“Therefore be imitators of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also loved us, and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a sweet smelling aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not be named among you, as is proper among saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting; but, rather, giving of thanks.” – Ephesians 5:1 – 4