12″So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:12-14
I think one the main reasons to memorize Scripture is so that it can be recalled to help in times of trouble. I also believe the Holy Spirit uses those memorized texts to convict us of our sin. Ephesians 5:4 was blaring in my ears:
4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Earlier Paul writes in 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
18Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death 19is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” – Proverbs 26
So why should you care? I think we have a tendency to mess around with people a lot. We like to screw with each other and make jokes and comments. I guess my encouragement to us would be to watch our joking. Our talk should build others up! They should not be torn down by our negative speech. Let us enter the narrow gate and treat our neighbors how we expect to be treated.