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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.

Prov: Deceptive Jokes

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Pr 26:18,19  Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows  is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"


There are many kinds of joking that Christians should not be involved. in. "Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place." Eph 5:4 In this case Christians should not be involved in joking where deception is involved. Seems that would exclude a lot of "practical jokes".


Secondly are those who try to deceive their neighbor to harm them or steal from them or slander them, and then when they are discovered, they lie saying that they were only joking. If nothing else, that kind of joking will destroy relationships.


The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources

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