Summary: Three biblical strategies to inject humor into your relationships so they will experience greater consistency and joy.
How Humor is Good For Relationships
Part 5 of 6 in the series, “When Relationships Disappoint You, How to Find God’s Peace in the Pain.”
We’re in this series on relationships and the title of today’s message is “How Humor is Good for Relationships.” I really ought to have entitled this message, “How Humor is ESSENTIAL for Relationships.”
Today on Mother’s Day we’ve already laughed a little bit. We intentionally included a humorous skit in the worship gathering because parents, of all people, had better learn how to laugh. If you don’t you’ll pop a cork.
You need humor in all of your relationships. In your marriage, if you don’t laugh together you’re missing out on an entire galaxy of fun. Laughing with others is an integral part of healthy friendships. It’s one of the keys to successful relationships on the job. Members of the same church family need to laugh together. Sometimes it gets stressful trying to accomplish God’s purposes in a world not tuned in to God’s wavelength.
Since we’ve had the video of the children and the skit and time is therefore at a premium, I’m going to get straight to the point on how humor is essential for good relationships.
Our information on this subject comes from God’s Word. Here’s what the greatest sourcebook on relationships ever written says about humor in relationships.
THREE BIBLICAL STRATEGIES TO INJECT HUMOR INTO YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
LOOK FOR LAUGHTER.
Sometimes laughter just happens.
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 (NLT)
The wise soul will look for that "time to laugh."
Laughter is not wrong for Christ followers. We’ve talked about this before here at Pathway. No matter what you may have heard, it’s okay for Christians to have a good time. Jesus was criticized by His enemies for partying with sinners. He believed it was okay to celebrate at weddings, to enjoy the hospitality of His friends, etc.
There will be those who will criticize you for enjoying life as a follower of Christ – but there will also be those who will find your laughter contagious.
When the Jews came back from captivity in Babylon here’s what they said.
"Then we were filled with laughter, and we sang happy songs. Then the other nations said, ’The Lord has done great things for them.’" Psalms 126:2 (NCV)
Laughter and joyfulness and singing are a good witness to those who have yet to find a personal relationship with God. Being critical and grumpy aren’t qualities that make people want what you have.
I try not to shop where they have frowning sales clerks. If I’m picking out a cashier I often look for the one that is smiling. I’ve read studies where the same thing is said of churches. People won’t come back to a church where everybody was dour and long-faced. Who can blame them?
It’s okay to laugh. Laughing is good for us. It’s even okay to laugh in church. These words of wisdom from the Bible are simply reminding us to have proper timing.