The Spirituality of Writing

The Spirituality of Writing

A few weeks ago, I posited, “everything is spiritual.” This idea did not originate with me, nor is it a new one, but it is worthy of adoption as a personal outlook on life, a guiding perspective.

Following that thought, I view all writing as spiritual, too. Writing can be a good spiritual or a not so good spiritual—it can build up or it can tear down—but regardless it is all spiritual. As a writer, I’ve been noticing what the Bible says about writing. Here are some that I’ve made note of so far:

On Research

“I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account.” -Dr Luke (Luke 1:2-3)

On Frivolous Writing

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. ” -King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 12:12)

On Brevity

“The fool multiplies words” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 10:14) and “I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.” -Paul (1 Corinthians 14:19)

On Clarity

“Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying?” -Paul (1 Corinthians 14:9)

On Understanding

“I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” -Job (Job 42:3)

Writing can be a good spiritual or a not so good spiritual—it can build up or it can tear down—but regardless it is all spiritual. Click To Tweet

These verses are not only helpful to a writer, but to anyone who communicates—and we all communicate. All our communication is spiritual; may it be spiritually beneficial.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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