No Corrupt Word – Sunday Devotional

Let no corrupt communications proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

~ Ephesians 4:29-30 KJV

Edify (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) – to instruct and improve the mind in knowledge generally, and particularly in moral and religious knowledge, in faith and holiness.

As a Christian, how does one write the gory, the painful, the tragic? We authors intentionally mess with emotions – those of our characters, those of our readers, and those of our own.  Can this really be edifying to the reader?

And yet . . . the Bible, the divinely inspired Word of God, is filled with examples. The book of Judges, and even 1st and 2nd Chronicles, and all the Prophets are filled with gore and promiscuity.  The Psalms will toy with your emotions like nothing else – I’m convinced that David went through some severe bouts of depression.

But none of it is meaningless – and it all goes to show a bigger picture.  The bigger picture of the amazing love God has for every person on this earth.

That is what our writing is supposed to do, as well.

Even if there are tough subjects that we deal with, there should always be hope infused to every story.

Because life, without hope . . . well, what is it worth?