Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt…” and I might add that often it hurts others. Often times those of us who grew up in households that were sarcastic feel it is funny and natural to be sarcastic as well.
Has anyone ever hurt your feelings because they were sarcastic? Please forgive me, perhaps I did it inadvertently. I now see how hurtful sarcasm is to others, how it belittles people, how it makes people feel small, how it is a wrong way to express humor that hurts.
My daughter who is 19 was with her boyfriend and they were in a discussion. She later told me that she made several sarcastic remarks to him and he called her on them.
She said “You know Mom, our family is just that way – sarcastic.” That hurt me. I always thought I was being funny. No so.
As I now look back I can see that I have hurt a lot of people with my sarcasm. https://jackieosinski.wordpress.com/category/armor-of-god/page/3/
I believe that when people are hurt, bitter and angry, sarcasm is a back handed way for it to be expressed.
After my daughter’s conversation with me I prayed “Lord, please forgive me of my sarcasm. I was not aware of how hurtful I have been. Heal my heart and shut my mouth every time I begin to slip back into the habit of being sarcastic.” amen.