Recently I shared about enslavement to habits that keep us from following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

One such habit is the socially acceptable use of sarcasm. Its definition: “a cutting remark” used to display scorn or hurt another.

Some of us grew up around sarcasm and feel numb to it. Some of us hear it expressed in the media, especially in the form of humor. Some of us keep sarcasm stored away as a sharp tool in our language arsenal.

But do we ever stop to think about sarcasm’s unseen effects on us and those around us?

Are our spiritual eyes and ears open? Do we remember that the words we speak have spiritual significance?

When we examine the roots of words we gain a clearer understanding of them. Interesting it is to discover the root from which we get our word, sarcasm. The root is the Greek verb, sarkazein, which means literally “to tear or cut flesh like a dog.”

The root word, sarkazein, reveals that sarcastic words carry the power to cut or tear others emotionally, mentally, spiritually and over time can contribute harm to others even physically. Thus, like profanity, sarcasm invites demonic influence into our lives. Bottom line is that, in all its subtleties, sarcasm provides open season for the power of death (Prov. 18:21) to do its work.

As children and agents of light, it is no wonder that believers have no business grieving and quenching the Spirit of God by walking in unison with the power of death in any of its manifestations, including sarcasm.

Next time we catch ourselves revving up to reach for sarcastic words, let’s pause in humility and ask ourselves in all honesty, “Do I really want to tear or cut flesh like a dog?”

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Romans 8:6
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace

James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5:19
Do not quench the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

1 Thessalonians 5:5
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.


About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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