Six Great Bible Verses for the Christian Writer's Consideration

The world is the writer's target.

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There are good online writers who write about Christianity and Christian themes; they are not necessarily Christians. They are good writers because they adhere to the guidelines of grammar, spelling and online writing rules.

Then, there are good Christians who want to share their faith with a universal, online audience; they are not necessarily good writers. They have the responsibility to improve.

Christian writers, like all other writers, aim for wide readership. The last thing they should want to do is appear careless to people who need the information and inspiration they aim to present.

Here are six of the many Bible verses which require Christian writers, like all other Christians, to perform with the diligence that is expected of godly people.


(1) Be Teachable

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning (Proverbs 9:9).

As is characteristic of parallelism in Hebrew poetry, “wise” and “just” refer to the same quality in the individual.

The verse teaches that willingness to learn a skill does not diminish the wisdom, or justness—or spiritual stature already attained. In fact, those who embrace learning are “rewarded with larger measures of wisdom, because they are simple, humble, and willing to learn, having that childlike spirit which Christ commends.”1

Christian writers need to know the rules of grammar and spelling; numerous mistakes on our part reflect badly on our craft and on the reputation of Christian writers as a group. Professionalism adds value to our work. We become more effective as writers and more credible as Christian writers.


(2) Be Relevant

A word spoken [written] in due season, how good it is! (Proverbs 15:23 )

Readers want more than a paraphrase of the Bible passage. They want a message presented in relevant language and with relevant illustrations.

Readers want a relevant message to which they can relate.

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Readers want the Bible passage explained or the Bible story presented so clearly that they respond:

  • “This is exactly what my spirit needs.”
  • “This never made sense to me until now.”
  • “Now that I understand it, I want to read the text again.”

To provide this kind of satisfaction, the writer may have to research the original context, then compare with and apply to contemporary conditions. Take the principle off the Bible page and bring it home to the reader--not by lofty, pulpit preaching but in simple, practical steps.


(3) Be Sensitive

A harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15: 1).

Christian writers aim to inspire and persuade, not to provoke. Be sensitive to the fact that immature and immoral people often need guidance more than judgment.

People steeped in habits of wrong-doing usually get angry when confronted or humiliated. Write titles which attract them, content which validates them and share suggestions which offer help. They will be inclined to read more from a writer who dispenses compassion and understanding. Why offend them in one caustic article and lose them forever?

While Jesus called His listeners names and pronounced woes, He claimed to be sinless. Apparently, sinners do not have the authority to damn fellow sinners.


(4) Be Supportive

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).

Writers in online and offline communities thrive on support from each other; and support is a Christian duty. Some Christian writers refuse to read articles which express opinions different from theirs, but they want to be read by people who disagree with them. That is unreasonable.

Christians have the right to be selective in whom they read, but it would be ludicrous to read only writers with similar views. The Pulpit Commentary interprets the verse above as stating that interaction with peers “influences the . . . character of a man, sharpens his wits."2

One of the best ways to improve writing skills is to read writers who excel at the craft. Many of them are not Christians. Still, support their work and learn from them.


(5) Be Trustworthy

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out (Proverbs 10:9 NIV).

No Christian writer wants to be accused of stealing. “An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own”3 is plagiarism. Observe copyright laws. Give credit to the author of a quotation or idea that is “borrowed.”

Sometimes, writing from one’s heart may resemble the writing from another heart. That is different from copying or pasting a portion of another person's work into your own. Wikimedia requires that an author receives credit if a phrase of more than three words is copied.4

Pictures are also subject to copyright laws. Take the time to find pictures that have been released to the public domain. Mention the source and include the URL link.

Copyright infringement is punishable by fines and even jail time. Even if the writer escapes punishment, he may not escape loss of trust from his readers. Walk (write) in integrity!


(6) Be Humble

A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor (Proverbs 29:23).

What Do You Think?

Which of these descriptions adds the most to the effectiveness of the Christian writer?

  • Teachable
  • Relevant
  • Sensitive
  • Supportive
  • Trustworthy
  • Humble
See results without voting

Writers have the prerogative to promote themselves; also, personal testimonies of achievements can help to empower others. Therefore, this is not an attempt to minimize the individuality of the writer; just a reminder to filter personal stories through relevance and humility.

There are other factors beside personal achievements on which readers make their evaluation:

  • Diligence of the writer
  • Relevance and usefulness of content
  • Responses (or lack of) to reader’s comments
  • Ssupport for other writers

Remember also that the ultimate aim of the Christian writer is to focus attention on God, the Giver of all good gifts, including the gift of writing.


References

1. Bible Hub: Pulpit Commentary, Proverbs 9:9 , Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Biblos.com

2. Ibid: Proverbs 27:17

3. Dictionary.com: plagiarism, Copyright Random House, Inc. 2014

4. Wikimedia.org: Avoid Plagiarism on Wikinews (10/12/2013).

Encouraging Bonus Verses

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Colossians 3:23).

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).


Bible Quotes are from the New King James Version unless stated otherwise.

© August 2014 by Dora Isaac Weithers. Click on MORE for other articles by MsDora.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

After reading this I will have to be more careful. Excellent points raised very well.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

This was an awesome tutorial!

I do not consider myself a Christian writer on HubPages but I do write for 2 other sites on Christian or Inspirational topics. I do not find it easy to write in this category on HP because of choosing where to put it.

So, today I posted in an HP forum asking if anyone would be interested in asking HP to create a subcategory for Inspirational writing.

I feel it is sorely needed and that it would draw Christian writers to the site who might find a comfortable home here. Your article is just what I had in mind.

If Christian and Inspirational Writing had their own categories, I think it would draw more of those kinds of writers to HP and for those already here writing these kinds of pieces, it will make choosing a category easier. Although your article is tutorial, it is Christian/Inspirational, and I'd like to see it not get lost in the Books, Literature section.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wonderful hub, Dear MsDora! The six principles you have shared here are so important to Christian writers, especially. I love that you have included about not provoking, as that certainly is vital as to our witness.

Up +++ and away

God bless you always.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, thank you for sharing the top Christian Writing sites too. I never knew of them. Blessings


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A nice instruction article for a very popular niche. I don't believe I've seen an article like this one since I've been at HP. Nicely done, Dora.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, thanks for your comment. Let's all be careful.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rachel, thanks especially for that observation: "I'd like to see it not get lost in the Books, Literature section." I thought about that too, and your concern about where to put it is valid.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, provocation can certainly help us sabotage our efforts. Thank you for understanding.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Bill. Hope it reaches the people I'm trying to help.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I guess I haven't really noticed the grammar being off particularly in Christian writers here but I have certainly notice hostilities in some. I hope they will listen to you Dora; for that is sure no way for a Christian to win souls.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

where do you come up with such great ideas for hubs.. I think this guide is relevant.. useful..


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A very useful article! This was written with much wisdom and sensitivity, it benefits Christians and non-Christians alike. Exceptional work, as always. :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Jackie. There are so many ways in which we all can offend, but we want to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." Have a great week!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Frank. I guess this one meets my own need. You encourage me.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jo, I appreciate your positive comment. Thank you and have a great week!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brilliantly thought of points here and one should abide by all.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Devika, for your validation.


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Great article, and great subject, MsDora. Like you, I see far too many Christian writers who have a heart to minister to readers, but their presentation is just too forbidding to catch and hold attention. I hope this gets wide circulation!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Ron. Like you, I'm hoping that the Christian writers who need these reminders will accept them; also hoping that they take them in the right spirit.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Awesome and beautiful. Another great and also noble Hub. You seem to be maturing well both inwardly and in your writing capacity. Written with the gentleness, trust and wisdom of which you speak.

Love always.

Manatita


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, thanks for your encouragement. My seeming maturity may have been influenced by some inspirational material from you. Thanks again.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love your thoughts and share on this topic. As a Christian writer, it is most valuable for me to keep on file and to review from time to time. On your poll, I would check everyone if that option was listed. God bless you for encouraging others to write with excellence.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Teaches, thanks for your exemplary attitude and work. Thank you for your validation.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

MsDora ~ Applause…Applause. This is a fantastic hub because we all need to pay strict attention to each of the areas you have highlighted. With my last hub, I struggled over whether to add the testimony piece because I didn't want anyone to think I was trying to sell my book, but after much soul searching, I felt that testifying to the goodness of God when we are obedient was far more important than my fears. Your points are so on target. We must ALWAYS try to present our very best to the Master.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Doris, thanks for the applause. Struggling over a decision means that you are giving it much thought; that's a good example for all writers to follow. Then, when your purpose is clear (as yours was) what matters is presenting it well. Let's keep right on marching toward excellence.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Awesome! I try to improve my writing with every article or book I write and I'll definitely be keeping all of your tips in mind. I especially have to remember to be supportive and humble as those are areas of my life in which I need the most work.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, bless you for your honesty! All the best going forward as we strive toward excellence. Thanks for your input.


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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

You are an amazing woman, MsDora! You have in your heart to help even when others have offended you! Your example of humility and love is worthy of duplication. We appreciate the Christian perspective that you have brought to all of your articles on Hub Pages, and know that you will bless us in the future with many more important insights.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, I appreciate your kind words of encouragement. I really think we're a healthy mix here on HP. Just want the Christians to keep up our end.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I especially like your recommendation, "Why offend them in one caustic article and lose them forever?" People come to their values through a lifetime of experiences and can be turned off by condescension and an acid tongue. You never express any of that for your readers. You're a lovely lady, MsDora, and a pleasure to know and read.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, you are one of my exemplary writers on this site. I admire and learn from the way you document your references. Thanks for your encouragement.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is a wonderful guide for all writers. Taking responsibility for what we write is especially critical for Christian writers because people seem to be judgmental. Giving readers one less thing to be judgmental about (spelling and grammar) allows the reader to pay more attention to the content instead of mechanics of what the writer has written. I really enjoy reading and learning from you.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

MsDora, I consider you my newest teacher / mentor here on HP. This beautifully-written article is the sort of piece that I take pleasure and pride(?) in sharing throughout the web. And, like others, I will refer back to this piece as I write here. Voted up and joyfully shared! ~Cynthia


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi MsDora, I often wonder if all Bibles were written in modern English and have been translated by specialists who have gone over each and every word properly I don't think there would be an disagreements in teaching or writing Christianity, it totally frustrates me that the Bible is still written in 16th Century language, I think it was King James first of England and Sixth of Scotland who first got it translated for the people. The trouble is we no longer speak like that, so when we read the bible it's a lot like gobblydegook if you get my meaning. We are now in the 21st century, surely all bibles should be updated so that we can all understand them exactly the same way as the man sitting next to us? and maybe that will bring more people back to church without this barrier of language, what do you think?


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, I like your observation. Giving the reader "one less thing to be judgmental about" will surely be to the writer's advantage. Thanks for your input. I appreciate your kind words.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Cynthia, thanks for your encouragement. Here on HP is a great place for us to learn from each other. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Nell, I'm sure that modern translations help. However, there are some fundamentalists who seems to think that the King James Version has the monopoly on sanctity of the Word, and that every other translation messes with the purity of the message. I for one, use the BibleGateway resource which shows five or six versions at the same time. I encourage individuals to read in the version they like best. Thanks very much for your input.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great advice MsDora for the Christian writer. I haven't seen this subject discussed before either. I do try to avoid being judgemental and causing disharmony in my writing if it is in any way Christian/religion related. It is best to avoid the topic in forums however. I need to take some of these suggestions to heart and be vigilent however. Voted up.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Jodah. You do such a great job already. I appreciate your support.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I'm so glad you've written this. It is essential no matter what the subject.

Time and again I see hubs written by those who obviously have great things to say and are passionate about their subject but it loses its impact because it's difficult to read or to understand. There are grammar books in abundance and it's not difficult to check spelling. So why don't they do it?!!

Out of your list, I think humility and support are the most important. This is a wonderful community and support is everywhere. Voted up++ and shared.

Great job, Ms Dora!

Ann


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ann, that is so true. Lots of good content in poor presentations. We all can improve, but none can without effort. Thanks for weighing in.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

We should all strive to attain these goals for ourselves and others I think! Just an excellent article!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I think Christian writers have an obligation to write well. Poor grammar or spelling is an obstacle to the message. Bad writing will turn me off and I will not continue to read.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Audrey. I'm also striving for improvement in these areas.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Patsybell, that might be true for many other people, and the writer falls far short of his goal. Let's all learn from each other how to improve.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

I've been missing my notifications again. I see there's much I'll have to go back over. If I don't, I'll miss more of your great words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this unique topic, MsDora. Up and sharing!


Tina Truelove 2 years ago

Nice! This is a great article. It is well written with a lot of useful information and links provided. This is not just a great article but also a great resource. Pinning, sharing and all the good stuff. :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, for you're one of the good Christian writers I admire. Thanks for your example.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Tina, so glad you find the article useful. Thanks for your kind feedback.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 2 years ago

Ms Dora, This is a marvelous hub! You have given us concise instructive words of wisdom to help improve our writing skills.

As you so wonderfully stated:"Excellence is a Christian virtue. Let Christians strive to demonstrate it in their writing." Amen!

Thank You for sharing, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DeBorrah, so good to hear from you. Thanks for your gracious input.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

It's nice to be able to share your love of Jesus with others, and you can do this by writing. There is a very friendly community of writers here.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Of course, Ologsinquito. Glad you're a part of the HP community. Thanks for your comment.


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rapture15 19 months ago from AFRICA

These are great words of admonition for Christian writers. Great and inspiring to me. Thanks a lot for sharing!


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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Rapture, so happy that you found some inspiration in this article. Looking forward to more of your work.

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