What quality of Christ's do you most see in yourself?
I'm taking a time out from my usual blog to try to answer this question that was asked at Edie's Blog.
At first I wasn't going to do this. I explained that I am not the best at showing emotions. (something about bricks, mortar, walls, etc). She "sweetly" told me of course it's ok if you don't participate, somehow in that phrase I heard "Do It!" ...so here I am.
First of all....I found out immediately that this was a trick to get me to read my Bible more---that's ok though. Whatever it takes.
I even went searching for info on the internet. What I found in my searching was that Jesus was the master of the one-liners.
Matthew 23:24 (Jesus speaking) "You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel."
Matthew 7:4 (Jesus speaking) " How can you say to your brother Let me take the speck out of your eye when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?"
Jesus' stories and parables also had a way of starting of one way and ending on a completely different note than was expected. Sound like someone you know?
Also, I can't help but think that there was a twinkle in his eye when he first met with his disciples after his Resurrection. Picture his disciples just hanging around and all of the sudden Jesus pops out with a "Gotcha!" or a "Told you so!"
The times were different.
The humor was different.
And I don't recall any knock-knock jokes in the Bible, but I think Jesus had a wry or ironic sense of humor. Maybe even sometimes "off the wall".
So maybe humor or the ability to make people laugh...or at least smile, is the quality of Christ I see in myself.
Also, I feel strongly about not laughing at other people's expense. Not making fun of someone, just to make people laugh.. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others upaccording to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29.
Colossians 3:8 "But now you must rid yourself of all things such as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips".
I can't find much info on God and humor but he does tell us "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" Proverbs 17:22 (also, written in my comment section of my last post).
On a final note, if you don't think God has a sense of humor, then open your eyes and look around at the world. Look at yourself, look at me, look at giraffes and kangaroos. Look at porcupines and aardvarks. Oh come on, you can bet he was cracking up at some point during that 6 day period.